What is the prevalence of hepatitis C?

Updated: May 10, 2019
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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An estimated 30,000 new hepatitis C infections occur annually in the United States, although only 25-30% are diagnosed. Since the 1980s, acute infections have declined by more than 80%. Nearly 4 million Americans, or about 2% of the US population, are infected with hepatitis C virus. Although the worldwide prevalence varies considerably by geographic region, more than 3% of the global population is infected.


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