Community Response to Viral Hepatitis: Contributions Toward Achieving the Goals of the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan [open pdf - 4MB]
"Millions of Americans from all walks of life are at-risk for or living with viral hepatitis. An estimated 3.5 million people are living with hepatitis C (HCV), the most-common type of viral hepatitis. An estimated 850,000 people are living with hepatitis B virus(HBV). Viral hepatitis is a silent and deadly disease. Hepatitis B and C often have no symptoms. So, many people do not know that they have the virus. Meanwhile, the virus is damaging their liver and they remain at risk for transmitting the virus to others. We are losing ground in the battle against viral hepatitis. Hepatitis C kills more Americans than all 60 other reportable infectious diseases. New cases of hepatitis have increased because of the opioid epidemic that is gripping communities across the United States. New hepatitis C infections increased more than 250% between 2010 and 2014. After decades of declines in hepatitis B cases, progress on hepatitis B prevention has stalled and in some areas new cases have increased."
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.hhs.gov