Today presents an important opportunity to increase awareness of viral Hepatitis and to educate our communities about the resources and tools available to inform the public about the concrete steps they can take to help tackle the epidemics.
There are an estimated 2.7 million people living with chronic Hepatitis C in the U.S., and as many as half are unaware of the infection. When it comes to Hepatitis B, the CDC estimates that between 850,000 and 2.2 million people have chronic Hepatitis B in the U.S., and approximately 19,200 new Hepatitis B infections occur each year.
Advocates, state health departments, and policy makers need data-driven tools to push for better programs to provide testing, care, and treatment for Hepatitis C for people in need of services across the nation. We can all play our part in helping get the word out by taking a few simple steps that could make a big difference.
Understand Hepatitis Where You Live: Check out our interactive map that illustrates the first standardized state-level estimates of people with past or current Hepatitis C infection across the United States.