Get Tested, Treated for Hepatitis
June 29, 2011
Hepatitis C "is a neglected disease in the United States that is killing thousands," according to Atlanta liver specialist Dr. Norman Gitlin. "Next time you go to Turner Field and they announce that 50,000 people are watching the Braves, 1,000 of them have hepatitis C."
Of the 4 million Americans believed to have hepatitis C virus, just 800,000, 20 percent, have been diagnosed or offered treatment. The reason, Gitlin said, is two-fold: Americans are woefully unaware of HCV, and most people who are infected do not show symptoms.
06.09.2011; Gracie Bond Staples
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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