Hepatitis C Killing More Americans Than Ever Before
May is Hepatitis C Awareness Month, and new reports reveal the number of hepatitis C-related deaths reached an all time high in 2014. In fact, the virus now killing more people than any other infectious disease.
Important Information About Hepatitis C
Dr. Jonathan Mermin states his perspective in an agency news release: “Why are so many Americans dying of this preventable, curable disease? Once hepatitis C testing and treatment are as routine as they are for high cholesterol and colon cancer, we will see people living the long, healthy lives they deserve.” In short, these tragically high numbers are not necessary.
Unfortunately, if someone is not diagnosed and treated, someone will hepatitis C is at an increased risk for liver cancer as well as other life-threatening diseases.
According to the CDC, most hepatitis C cases are among baby boomers – those born between 1945 and 1965.
It is recommended people at high risk get tested for this disease. Curative drugs have advanced the treatment of this disease, and the mass majority of these viruses can now be cured within 2-3 months.
Hepatitis C remains a lucrative market for major drug companies. Clinical trials for HCV drugs have been prevalent over the past decade and resulted in the development of daclatasvir, BMS-986094, and sofosbuvir.
Statistics on Hepatitis C
- According to data from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 19,659 hepatitis C related deaths just in 2014.
- The CDC found that the number of hepatitis C related deaths in 2013 actually exceeded the combined number of deaths from 60 other infectious diseases, including HIV and tuberculosis.
- The numbers could even be higher because those numbers are only based on birth certificate data, which often underreport the infectious disease.
- There is also new data suggesting a new wave of hepatitis C among drug users, increasing to 2,194 cases.
- About 3.5 million Americans have hepatitis C; with half unaware they have this dangerous infection.