World Hepatitis Day 2014
July 28 marks the 7th annual World Hepatitis Day. Globally, 150–180 million people are infected with hepatitis C, and over 60 million of them live in the Western Pacific Region, where the World Health Organization (WHO) and amfAR’s TREAT Asia program are working together to improve hepatitis C awareness, testing, and surveillance. Approximately five million people living with HIV, or 15% of the global HIV-positive population, are co-infected with hepatitis C. These individuals have significantly lower survival rates than those infected with HIV alone—regardless of whether they are on HIV treatment. The majority of people infected with hepatitis C live in low- and middle-income countries; however, effective hepatitis C treatments are often inaccessible in these settings due to prohibitively high costs. Find out how you can take action on World Hepatitis Day here.
Learn more about combating the dual epidemics of HIV and hepatitis C below.