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Hepatitis C

Community-Based Strategies to Prevent Hepatitis C in African Americans

CDC reports that people born from 1945 to 1965 (baby boomers) are five times more likely to have hepatitis C (HCV).  Unfortunately, African Americans born during these years have twice the rates as other baby boomers. A number of factors impact this disparity, including access to treatment and care and the need for better HCV education.  What community-based strategies do you think will help close the prevention and care gap?

Recommendations to Address Hepatitis C in the African American Community

The National Medical Association’s “Hepatitis C: A Crisis in the African American Community” is a peer-reviewed consensus paper calling for increased focus on the disease from healthcare providers, government agencies, and the public and private sectors. Topics addressed include:

Know More Hepatitis: Hepatitis C Discovery

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The poster shows the milestones in the history of the Hepatitis C virus. Since its discovery in 1989, significant public health and research advances have led to great progress in curbing new infections and developing life-saving treatment options. Unfortunately, millions of Americans continue to live with this disease and most don’t know they are infected. 

http://www.cdc.gov/knowmorehepatitis/media/pdfs/hepc-timeline.pdf

Know More Hepatitis Campaign

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3 facts to know about hepatitis C.

  1. Baby boomers are five times more likely to have hepatitis C.
  2. Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer.
  3. Treatments are available that can eliminate the virus from the body. CDC recommends all baby boomers get tested for hepatitis C.

Talk to your doctor. Early detection can save lives.

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