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HCV Cohort Study

The Korea HCV cohort study was established with 5 university hospitals in 2007. This prospective and multi-center study enrolled patients with positive results for the anti-HCV antibody who completed a questionnaire survey related to aspects of diseases and risk factors focusing on HCV infection. As of 2015, 1,584 patients have been followed every 6 months. The goals of this cohort study are as follows: (1) to study the epidemiology of acute and chronic HCV infection, (2) to analyze important risk factors of HCV, and (3) to investigate the efficacy of antiviral therapy and disease outcome due to HCV infection. This study is the first nationwide HCV cohort study in our country. The data from this cohort will provide valuable information to modify optimal treatment guidelines for Korean patients infected with HCV.