Contact Us

CDC: Hepatitis C Kills More Americans Than HIV


Many Americans don’t know much about hepatitis C, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that annually, more Americans die from the infection than from causes related to HIV.

Researcher John Ward, MD, director of the division of viral hepatitis at the CDC, told WebMD, “The decrease in deaths from HIV reflects the infrastructure that’s been set up to make access to highly effective treatments happen.”

Both the hep C virus and HIV can be spread through contact with contaminated blood, most often when needles are shared during illegal drug use. Since the nation’s blood supply wasn’t screened for hep C until 1989, experts believe many baby boomers who had blood transfusions when they were younger may have the disease and not even know it.

In fact, most people don’t know they have hep C until decades after being infected — often when routine blood tests find the liver damage the virus has caused over time.

Left untreated, hepatitis C can lead to liver cancer, so many doctors have urged baby boomers to be tested — especially because two new drugs approved for U.S. use last year have been highly effective in eliminating the virus in people with less-advanced liver disease when used with traditional treatments.

Best of News Talk 940

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for VOA VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive VOA VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.