Current number of Americans infected
Current number of
Americans that know it
Why We March on DC for Awareness
At least one-third and up to a half of infected children acquired infection during the pregnancy from positive mothers.(3)
Our government is doing far too little to educate the public about HCV. Programs on methods of transmission must be instituted in schools, at all grade levels, prisons, detention facilities and psychiatric hospitals.
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1. NIH Consensus Statements Management of Hepatitis C: 2002 June 10-12, 2002 Vol. 19, No. 1 FINAL STATEMENT August 27,2002 HCV is the most common chronic blood-borne infection develop cirrhosis 20 years after initial infection as high as 20 to 30 percent in middle-aged subjects......Of middle aged adults, 2.3% of the population is infected with this virus http://consensus.nih.gov/cons/116/116cdc_intro.htm
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease Twenty percent of patients develop cirrhosis within 10 to 20 years of the onset of infection Liver failure from chronic hepatitis C is one of the most common reasons for liver transplants in the United States. Hepatitis C is the cause of about half of cases of primary liver cancer in the developed world. http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/digest/pubs/chrnhepc/chrnhepc.htm
(K70,K73–K74) National Vital Statistics Vol 49 No 11 Deaths: Leading Causes for 1999- by Robert N. Anderson, Ph.D. Division of Vital Statistics Table 1 page 15 all races and both sexes, ages 25–34 years is the tenth leading causes of death. For age 45–54, the sixth leading cause of death http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr49/nvsr49_11.pdf
2. May 1, 2002, issue of Substance Use & Misuse, may indicate that use of drugs is not the only risk factor for HCV.
Paediatric HIV Service, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh,
J Mok and others (for the European Paediatric Hepatitis C Virus Network). When does mother to child transmission of hepatitis C virus occur? Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 90(2): F156-160. March 2005.
4.Arthur Caplan, Ph.D. the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability states
"The main reason for the drastic increase in severe hepatitis C-related liver disease--that means leading to transplant, leading to death--is that 90 percent of people with chronic hepatitis C don't know they have it." http://www.hhs.gov/bloodsafety/transcripts/nov24_98.html
The American Liver foundation states- As many as 70% of those infected don’t know it http://www.liverfoundation.org/db/articles/1007
Because most persons with chronic HCV infection have yet to be diagnosed http://consensus.nih.gov/cons/116/091202116cdc_statement.htm
5. VA Study A comparison of hepatitis C treatment and outcomes at academic, private and Veterans' Affairs treatment centres D. M. Jensen*, S. J. Cotler*, H. Lam, G. Harb & A. Shillington§ .... End-of-treatment viral response for Veterans' Affairs centers, 17.2%http://hcvets.com/data/hcv_liver/va_clear_rate.htm
HCV Stats • census update times 2 % infection rate for the general public