Brazil's Unified Health System has provided free rapid tests to detect hepatitis C since 2011 and free medicines for the disease since 2015. As a result, the country now has a 90% cure rate for chronic hepatitis C.
Manoel Messias Neris, a 65-year-old resident of Santos, in Sao Paulo state, discovered he had hepatitis C in 1992 when he went to donate blood. "At first, I hadn't read much about the disease and I thought that treatment to cure it would be simple," he said. Instead, it took a number of years and several attempts at treatment before Manoel found the medication that would cure him.