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.
World Hepatitis Day: July 28, 2015
World Hepatitis Day is observed on July 28 each year in order to increase the awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis as a major global public health threat. All types of viral hepatitis can cause inflammation of the liver (hepatitis); however, hepatitis B and C infection can result in a lifelong, chronic infection. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 400 million people have chronic viral hepatitis worldwide and most of them do not know they are infected. More than 1 million people die each year from causes related to viral hepatitis, commonly cirrhosis and liver cancer.
The campaign theme for World Hepatitis Day 2015 is the prevention of viral hepatitis through expanded public awareness, vaccinations, blood and injection safety, and harm reduction. For more information regarding viral hepatitis, click on the infographic and additional links below.
The July 2015 issue of Wisconsin AIDS/HV Program Notes features annual hepatitis C infection surveillance data for 2014 and important recommendations regarding the identification and prevention of outbreaks of HIV and HCV infection among people who inject drugs..
For additional information regarding hepatitis and World Hepatitis Day, visit the following websites:
World Hepatitis Day Website
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Hepatitis Fact Sheets from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
Hepatitis A (PDF, 22 KB)
Hepatitis B (PDF, 27 KB)
Hepatitis C (PDF, 25 KB)
Are you at risk for hepatitis infection?
In Wisconsin more than 74,000 people are estimated to be living with hepatitis C.
More than half of those 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 once 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.
Stay healthy and take a self-assessment to see if you should get tested for hepatitis C.
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.
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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 http://www.hcvguidelines.org/sites/default/files/full_report.pdf.
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.