February 7, 2014
The Hard Facts
HCV infection kills as many as 15,000 people a year in the U.S. -- and appears to be on the rise, Cox noted. In 2006, HCV surpassed HIV as a cause of mortality in the U.S.
HCV is the leading cause of end-stage liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in not only the U.S., but many other countries as well, Cox said. The virus is also the leading cause of non-AIDS-related death among people with HIV -- a fact that becomes less surprising when accounting for the reality that an estimated 25% of the HIV-infected population is also living with HCV.
Myles Helfand is the editorial director of TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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