Ending the Epidemic: Hepatitis Prevention Funding

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that up to 5.3 million people live with hepatitis B (HBV) and/or hepatitis C (HCV) in the U.S. As many as 75% are unaware of their infection. CDC also estimates that there are more HCV-related deaths annually than deaths from all other nationally notifiable infectious diseases, combined. In its 2016 Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, CDC notes that both liver cancer cases – of which 20% are caused by hepatitis - and deaths are on the rise, in contrast to trends of most other cancers. 

Ending the Epidemic: Hepatitis Prevention Funding