“J’accuse”: A Matter of Genocide Plea for Access to Cure Hepatitis C

Alcides Troncoso*

“J’accuse”: A Matter of Genocide Plea for Access to Cure Hepatitis C

To start this reflection I recall what François Emile Zola stated in his “J’accuse”. With
this undiplomatic way of getting into the topic, Emile Zola shows his outrage in a letter to the
President of France at that time, Felix Faure.

With a title which calls the attention, he says what the rest of the people do not dare say
and he does not care about being accused of “criminal defamation”.
He wants to say what he thinks and he does so in an accusatory and challenging tone.

In a different time and with different people, I am not a famous writer, not even a
writer, but only a medical specialist in infectious diseases, who reported that there is a treatment
which heals people with Hepatitis C or Hepatitis C Virus and Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

New treatments recently approved or soon to be authorized will offer a range of
advantages compared with their predecessors: multigenotypic activity, fewer side effects, and
higher cure rates, including for those in advanced stages of infection
However, for those who do not know about it, these medications that cure hepatitis C are not for everyone.

Although millions of people have been dreaming of the new treatments,
with their better cure rates and lesser side effects, the therapy based on Pegylated interferon
and Resource-Based View is still saving lives and is the only option available in many countries.

Although these new molecules will improve the quality of life of people
with HCV and increase the number of people cured, their price will be out of reach of most of
the people who need it.

HIV/ AIDS Res Treat Open J. 2015; 2(4): 90-91. doi: 10.17140/HARTOJ-2-115