Hepatitis C

bhjelle at unm.edu bhjelle at unm.edu
Tue Jan 17 09:52:51 EST 1995


In article <199501152104.AA04192 at wugate.wustl.edu>,
 <saboteur at BORCIM.WUSTL.EDU> wrote:
>>I have a question. Why isn't there more publicity about Hepatitis C? It 
>>affects a lot of people, is fairly deadly, and is pretty much 
>>untreatable. 
>
>Good question Sue! Last I heard, about .5% of the US population is HCV+, or
>roughly 1,000,000 people, which is comparable to HIV. As you may know, a
>majority of those infected remain chronically infected for life. The big
>difference, at least in media coverage, between HCV and HIV, is that HIV
>touched on some real tricky issues in this puritanical society, such as
>homosexuality, drug abuse, birth control, etc. This should force us to confront

Well, I think there are more differences
than that  ;-)   

Since HIV has a mortality not too far
removed from 100%, and it has been difficult
to actually demonstrate any shortened
longevity in HCV+ people vs controls,
I think that alone could explain the
lack of media excitement.

Not to say that HCV isn't common and
important. It is. It just looks less
so in comparison to HIV.

Brian



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