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African Americans

AN EPIDEMIC WITHIN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY The hepatitis C virus is a national public health crisis that is devastating among African Americans, who are twice as likely to be infected. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prevalence of the virus is 3 percent among African Americans, compared to 1.5 percent…

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Asian Americans

  AMONG THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ASIAN AMERICAN HEALTH DISPARITIES According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Asian Americans make up 5.6 percent of the total U.S. population, but they account for more than half of all Americans living with chronic hepatitis B. It is estimated that at least 1 in 12 Asian…

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Latin Americans

  A GROWING THREAT TO THE LATINO COMMUNITY The hepatitis C virus is a public health crisis for all Americans, yet it is particularly harmful to Latinos, which are the fastest growing minority group in the United States. Within the Latino community, prevalence of hepatitis C is 2.6 percent – much higher than the national…

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Veterans

  ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS FACING VETERANS AT HOME The hepatitis C virus is a national public health threat that is even more devastating for veterans, due to the potential for blood exposure in com-bat or health care settings. Prevalence of hepatitis C among veterans who receive care through the Veterans Health Administration (VA)…

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American Indians

  MORE DEADLY FOR AMERICAN INDIANS THAN ANY OTHER ETHNIC GROUP Among all racial and ethnic groups, American Indians have the highest rate of hepatitis C infection, as well as the highest hepatitis C-related mortality rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the number of Americans with hepatitis C increased within…

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