In observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month, in May I am posting to this blog daily, suggesting ways to help raise awareness about issues surrounding hepatitis C.

Raising awareness about hepatitis C means know something about it. Here are a few powerful facts:
  • More people in the U.S. die every year from hepatitis C than die from HIV.
  • The hepatitis C death rate is increasing annually.
  • More than half of those who die from hepatitis C, are 55 to 64 years old. 
  • The number of new hepatitis C infections is increasing at alarming rates, particularly among teens and young adults.
  • Despite the increase in new hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections, there has been a decrease in the prevalence of HCV in the U.S. because so many are dying. 
  • The CDC recommends testing all persons born from 1945 through 1965 for hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis C infection is preventable and curable. 
  • The majority of those with HCV don’t know they have it; you can’ t treat HCV without a diagnosis.