CDC Media Briefing – New Vital Signs Report: Hepatitis C is deadly, but curable. Why are so few Americans getting treatment?

Media Advisory

Embargoed until: 1:00 PM ET Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286


Hepatitis C can cause advanced liver disease, liver cancer, and death and affects millions in the United States. Yet, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report, less than a third of people diagnosed with hepatitis C get timely treatment for this curable infection. Join us to learn more about the barriers to hepatitis C treatment and what can be done to save lives.


Debra E. Houry, M.D., M.P.H., CDC Acting Principal Deputy Director and Director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H., Director of CDC’s National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Carolyn Wester, M.D., M.P.H., Director of CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis


Tuesday, August 9, at 12:00 p.m. ET


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