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New estimates reveal declines in hepatitis C treatment initiation in the U.S. – November 8, 2021

CDC’s first estimates of hepatitis C treatment, presented at the 2021 American Association of the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) meeting, show the number of people living with hepatitis C in the U.S. who initiated treatment with direct-acting antiviral agents (DAA) declined from 2015 to 2020.

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Hepatitis C now heavily impacting multiple generations – April 9, 2020

Data emphasize importance of new CDC hepatitis C screening recommendations for all adults

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CDC Estimates Nearly 2.4 Million Americans Living with Hepatitis C – November 6, 2018

Nearly 2.4 million Americans – 1 percent of the adult population – were living with hepatitis C from 2013 through 2016, according to new CDC estimates. Data highlight urgent need to diagnose and cure more Americans and address rising infections due to opioid crisis.

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Fast Facts
  • CDC’s new hepatitis C screening recommendations call for:
    • One-time screening for all adults 18 years and older
    • Screening of all pregnant women during every pregnancy
    • Testing for all persons with risk factors, with testing continued for those with ongoing risk
  • Since March 2017, CDC has been assisting multiple state and local health departments with hepatitis A outbreaks, spread through person-to-person contact.

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