According to the CDC:
- About 3 million adults in the U.S. are infected with the hepatitis C virus, most are “baby boomers” born between 1945 and 1965. African Americans have a substantially higher rate of chronic hepatitis C infection than Caucasians and other ethnic groups.
- Up to 3 in 4 people don’t know they’re infected with hepatitis C, so they aren’t receiving the medical care they need to prevent serious liver damage. Latinos are less likely to be tested than individuals of other races/ethnicities even in the presence of a known risk factor.
- Every year, approximately 15,000 people in the United States die from hepatitis C-related liver disease.
- An estimated 800,000 – 1.4 million people are living with chronic hepatitis B infection. Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) make up less than 5% of the total population in the United States, but account for more than 50% of Americans living with chronic hepatitis B virus.
- Over time, approximately 15%–25% of people with chronic hepatitis B develop serious liver problems, including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver failure, and even liver cancer.
- Approximately 3,000 people in the U.S. die from hepatitis B-related liver disease. Chronic hepatitis B and associated liver cancer in APIs is one of the most serious health disparities in the United States.
Find out ways in which you can acknowledge the day from the links below:
Downloads and Links
CDC's Know More Hepatitis campaign.:
CDC's "Hepatitis C: Did You Know?" Video:
CDC's vaccination recommendations for Hepatitis B:
CDC's Online Hepatitis Risk Assessment Tool:
Hepatitis Awareness Day Badges:
Journal of Infectious Diseases: "Transmission of Heaptitis C Virus Among People Who Inject Drugs":