The Wisconsin Hepatitis C Program is the lead agency in Wisconsin responsible for coordinating the state's public health activities related to the prevention, detection, and treatment of hepatitis C.
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and
May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day
Here are important facts about Hepatitis C:
- In Wisconsin, more than 74,000 people are estimated to be living with hepatitis C.
- More than half of the people infected with hepatitis C were born between 1945 and 1965.
Fact Sheet -- Hepatitis C in Wisconsin: Focus on Baby Boomers (PDF, 590 KB)
- People who have ever injected drugs, even one time long ago, are at higher risk for having hepatitis C.
Fact Sheet -- Hepatitis C in Wisconsin: Focus on Young People who Inject Drugs (PDF, 520 KB)
- There is help and treatment for people living with hepatitis C.
For more information:
Fact Sheet on Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PDF, 510 KB)
"Hepatitis C Kills More Americans than Any Other Infectious Disease" (May 4, 2016 News Release from CDC)
Hepatitis Fact Sheets from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Hepatitis A, P-42054 (PDF, 22 KB)
- Hepatitis B, P-42055 (PDF, 27 KB)
- Hepatitis C, P-42056 (PDF, 25 KB)
If you were born between 1945 and 1965, or if you think you are at risk, talk with your health care provider or local health department about testing for hepatitis C. To find out where you can be tested for hepatitis C, contact the Wisconsin HIV/STD/Hepatitis C Information and Referral Center toll-free at 800-334-2437.
Important Information for Consumers
Important Information for Health Care Professionals
Rapid Hepatitis C Testing Among Persons at Increased Risk for Infection Wisconsin, 2012-2013
A new cohort of young injection drug users acquiring HCV infection has been recognized in Wisconsin and nationwide, notably in suburban and rural areas. This article, published in the April 11, 2014 Morbidity and Mortality Week Report (MMWR), describes the use of rapid hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing as an important tool for conducting HCV screening, imparting prevention information, and initiating treatment in a population with high prevalence of HCV infection. The article is available on the web at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6314a3.htm.
Medical Societies Launch New Hepatitis C Treatment Guidelines
On January 29, 2014, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), and International Antiviral Society-USA (IAS-USA) released the first new hepatitis C treatment guidelines to include the recently approved next-generation direct-acting antiviral agents. The guidance, which will be updated frequently, is available on the web at HCVguidelines.org. Printable version of the guidelines.
Hepatitis C Virus Can Remain Infectious Outside of the Body for Up to 6 Weeks
Researchers from the Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health found that the hepatitis C virus (HCV) can remain infectious for up to 6 weeks on surfaces at room temperature resulting in a longer period for potential transmission of HCV than previously thought. More information http://blog.aids.gov.
Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 Baseline and Health Disparities Report
This new report provides baseline data for the health focus areas in Healthiest Wisconsin 2020. It also provides information to document a range of health disparities found for some of the populations and communities in Wisconsin.