URGENT Call to Action: End HCV Health Disparities for African Americans
Hepatitis C is a major racial/ethnic health disparity – particularly for African Americans.
African American mortality related to the hepatitis C virus (HCV) is almost double the rates for non-Hispanic white Americans, and chronic liver disease is a leading cause of death among African Americans ages 45-64. African Americans are twice as likely to have ever been infected with hepatitis C compared to whites.
With new treatments on the horizon, we have the tools to end the hepatitis C epidemic. But we need to make sure these tools and resources reach all communities. The next federal Viral Hepatitis Action Plan must have a strong focus on ending hepatitis C health disparities for African Americans.