Hepatitis C: Raising Awareness About A Silent Epidemic

older woman sittingWhile much progress has been made in increasing awareness about the realities of HIV, hepatitis C is a silent epidemic that is wreaking havoc on the Black community.

Hepatitis is a family of viral infections that affect the liver. One of those infections, hepatitis C, is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

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“African Americans have a higher rate of chronic HCV infection than other racial and ethnic groups, and the African American mortality rate related to the hepatitis C virus is almost double the rate for non-Hispanic White people,” says C. Virginia Fields, president and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA). “We must do all we can to promote education and awareness and provide access to testing and lifesaving treatment.”