Hepatitic C (HCV) affects over 30 million people around the world, and nearly 4 million people in the United States, according to WebMD. It’s not a problem we can ignore, and due to the fact that there is no vaccine available (unlike there is for hepatitis A or B), we need to be educated and informed on how to prevent the virus from spreading.
To get better informed on the topic, read some of these staggering statistics on the hepatitis C virus…
1. Silent Epidemic
There is no vaccine to protect any of us from contracting hepatitis C which is one of the reasons millions of people worldwide have contracted this virus.
The World Health Organization estimates that globally, 71 million people have chronic hepatitis infection. To get a little more specific, WebMD lists the United States population of infected persons being somewhere around 3.9 million.
“It’s called the ‘silent epidemic’ because people can be infected for 30 or more years and have no idea,” says Camilla Graham, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston to Everyday Health.