Viral Hepatitis More Deadly Than HIV in Europe

This article was reported by Science Codex.

Science Codex reported that according to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010), viral hepatitis has a mortality rate 10 times that of HIV/AIDS among European Union (EU) countries. Viral hepatitis, which includes hepatitis C virus (HCV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV), was blamed for nearly 90,000 deaths in 2010, while HIV claimed slightly more than 8,000 lives. GBD 2010 is a large-scale epidemiological study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

"Although HIV/AIDS undeniably remains a key global health priority, the higher mortality from viral hepatitis than from HIV/AIDS in the EU means that hepatitis B and C must clearly now be counted among the top global and local priorities for health," said Dr. Laurent Castera, vice-secretary for the European Association for the Study of the Liver. "Additional resources are needed to prevent, detect, and treat hepatitis B and C in order to address these imbalances in major preventable causes of human death," Dr. Castera added.

GBD 2010 used HIV/AIDS, HBV, and HCV data between 1990 and 2010 from all European countries. It also broke down statistics for each region and country, and compared the data to global trends. Globally, viral hepatitis and HIV deaths have increased, although EU countries saw a decline in HIV, whereas Eastern Europe saw an increase.