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Nov 23, 2017

We're Going Beyond Our Original Missions to transform lives through health & wellness.

HEPATITIS C

The Bronx is the epicenter of the hepatitis C (HCV) epidemic in New York City1. Most health care providers do not screen people for HCV risk factors or they do not know how to effectively manage HCV care and people infected with HCV often have inadequate access to testing, social support, and medical management services2.

1 in 30 baby boomers have hep C.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

75% of those with hep C don’t know it.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for hepatitis C virus in persons at high risk for infection and a one-time screening for ALL adults born between 1945 and 1965 (baby boomers).

The most important risk factor for HCV infection is past or current injection drug use, with most studies reporting a prevalence of 50% or more. Many HCV infections are identified only after the patient becomes symptomatic.

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1. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
2. Institute of Medicine’s 2010 Report, “Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: A National Strategy for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis B and C