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Today, and in conjunction with Hepatitis Awareness Month, CDC released a new study in Vital Signs identifying another key challenge in combatting the severe threat of hepatitis C – the lack of essential follow-up testing to detect current infection, which is needed to link those infected to lifesaving care and treatment.
The new data find that only half of those identified as ever having had hepatitis C in a multi-area study received follow-up testing showing they were still infected. The results also further underscore the severe impact that hepatitis C has among baby boomers (those born from 1945 through 1965).
Hepatitis Awareness Month, as well as National Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19, provides an important opportunity to raise awareness about this hidden epidemic. This page offers a number of resources to assist with your coverage of this critical public health issue.
Resources for Vital Signs Report: Hepatitis C Testing
- Press Release: Study Suggests Only Half of Americans with Hepatitis C Receive Complete Testing for the Virus
- Fact Sheet: Hepatitis C: Testing Baby Boomers Saves Lives
- Full Article: Vital Signs: Evaluation of Hepatitis C Virus Infection Testing and Reporting — Eight U.S. Sites, 2005–2011
- Full Article: Testing for HCV Infection: An Update of Guidance for Clinicians and Laboratorians
- Full video and downloadable broadcast quality video clips of CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden discussing the importance of hepatitis C testing.
- Downloadable Hepatitis C Testing Infographic for Media Use/Reprint
- Page last reviewed: May 7, 2013
- Page last updated: December 27, 2013
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