celebrate Black History Month, here at HHS we are also reminded of
troubling hepatitis C disparities that persist in the African American
African Americans are twice as likely to be infected with the
hepatitis C virus (HCV) compared to the general U.S. population,
according to the CDC.
While African Americans represent only 12 percent of the U.S.
population, they make up roughly 22 percent of the estimated 3.2 million
persons with chronic HCV infection. Moreover, chronic liver disease,
often hepatitis C-related, is a leading cause of death among African
Americans ages 45-64.