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Hepatitis C Takes More Lives Than HIV-Related Causes

February 23, 2012

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hepatitis C (HCV) now kills more Americans than HIV/AIDS-related complications. By reviewing mortality rates from 1999 to 2007, researchers determined that HCV caused the death of 15,000 people, compared to the 13,000 deaths attributed to HIV over the same period.

In many cases, HCV went undetected for a very long time, taking years to slowly take over the liver of the infected.

HealthDay reported:

"These data underscore the urgent need to address the health threat posed by chronic hepatitis B and C in the United States," said investigator Dr. Scott Holmberg, chief of the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch in CDC's Division of Viral Hepatitis.

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