2.4 million people are estimated to be living with hepatitis C in the United States. The actual number may be as high as 4.7 million or as low as 2.5 million. 850,000 people in the U.S. are estimated to be living with hepatitis B.
Acute hepatitis C infection is often asymptomatic, but >50% of cases will progress to chronic infection, which can be life-threatening. Hepatitis C can be diagnosed with a blood test and is curable. The annual rate of reported acute hepatitis C tripled from 2009 to 2018 and was highest among persons aged 20–39 years. In 2018, the largest proportion of chronic hepatitis C cases occurred among persons aged 20–39 years and 50–69 years. Only 61% of adults with hepatitis C knew that they were infected.
New data show that chronic hepatitis C infection affects every generation—underscoring new CDC recommendations that every adult should be tested at least once in their lifetime for this curable infection. Previously, hepatitis C was primarily a concern for the baby boomer generation, as well as people with risk factors, such as injection drug use. (Source: Centers for Disease Control)
Resources for Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B
Hepatitis Education Project The Hepatitis Education Project is committed to improving health of underserved communities disproportionately impacted by viral hepatitis. (http://www.hepeducation.org/)
World Hepatitis Alliance The world hepatitis alliance runs global campaigns, convenes high-level policy events, builds capacity and pioneers global movements, ensuring people living with viral hepatitis guide every aspect of their work. (https://www.worldhepatitisalliance.org/)
American Liver Foundation ALF’s mission is to promote education, advocacy, support services and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. (https://liverfoundation.org/for-patients/about-the-liver/diseases-of-the-liver/hepatitis-c/)
National Harm Reduction Coalition Harm Reduction is dedicated to demanding access to treatment for people regardless of insurance](https://harmreduction.org/issues/hepatitis-c/)
National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) is national coalition working together to eliminate hepatitis B and C in the United States. (https://nvhr.org/content/about-us)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention The CDC provides education resources and a variety of resources related to Hepatitis C.(https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hcv/patienteduhcv.htm)
Hepatitis C Association The focus of the Hepatitis C Association is to educate the public, both patients and medical providers, about hepatitis C virus.(https://www.hepcassoc.org/index.html)
World Health Organization The WHO provides information and statistics related to Hepatitis C as well as recommendations for testing and treatment. (https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/hepatitis-c)
Hepatitis B Foundation The Hepatitis B Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected by hepatitis B worldwide. (https://www.hepb.org/resources-and-support/fact-sheets/)