Q&A: What You Need to Know About Hepatitis C – Hepatitis C Kills More Americans Than HIV. How Does the Virus Spread?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported I February that the hepatitis C virus (HCV) now kills more Americans annually than HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Most of the deaths occur in middle-aged adults — 3% of baby boomers are infected — and about half of people infected don’t know they have the virus.

Healthland spoke with Dr. John Ward, who heads the CDC’s effort to fight hepatitis C, about who is at risk of infection, how the disease is really spread and why it’s important to know your hepatitis C status now.


Source: Healthland.time.com – February 23, 2012