In the United States, the death rate from Hepatitis C is now greater than that of AIDS. The Centers for Disease + Control produced a recent report detailing how more than 3 million people are currently infected with Hepatitis C. The death rate of Hepatitis C is about 5 for every 100,000 now, despite rates being only 3 out of 100,000 about 10 years ago. During this same time frame, the HIV/AIDS death rate fell from 6/100,000 to 4/100,000.
Hepatitis C primarily infects people between the ages 45 to 64. The director of Viral Hepatitis at the C.D.C., Dr. John Ward, exclaimed how a treatment exists for Hepatitis C that is capable of clearing more than 70% of the viral load from the body, so the lack of education and awareness for the disease is clearly the major problem causing this increased death rate.
Using the H.I.V. death rate decline as a model, Ward hopes to apply a similar program in raising awareness for Hepatitis C.