Vertical Transmission

Evaluation of the Natural History and Vertical Transmission of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Pregnancy With Targeted Elimination by Postpartum Treatment

Vertical Transmission [NCT03570112]

This is a multicenter, non-comparative, observational study that will recruit women with singleton pregnancy and chronic HCV infection to determine the natural history of chronic HCV in pregnancy and the rate of vertical transmission to their infants. All participants will be offered curative therapy with sofosbuvir/velpatasvir (Epclusa ®) after delivery and the cessation of breastfeeding. Subjects may be enrolled at any time after conception up through 36 weeks gestation. The management of subjects in pregnancy will be in accordance with ACOG guidelines and individual clinical judgment, however testing will include, but not be limited to, testing for HCV infection, HIV infection, HBV infection, HSV infection, group B Streptococcal colonization, HCV genotype, HCV viral load, as well as assessment of hepatic and renal function. Subjects will be followed on a schedule that is determined by their obstetric care providers throughout their pregnancy. Following delivery, infants will be evaluated at 12, 24 and 48 weeks of age, with testing for HCV RNA to be obtained at each evaluation. Vertical transmission is defined as two positive HCV RNA PCR tests, at least one before the 48 week infant visit, and again at the 12-month follow-up infant visit.

Primary Investigator: John Cafardi, M.D.