New figures released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that the number of deaths due to Hepatitis C infection was greater than HIV/AIDS in the United States in 2007.
According to the report, published in the Annals of Medicine, more than 15,000 people died due to Hepatitis C infection in 2007 compared to just over 12,700 deaths due to HIV/AIDS.
AdvertisementIn total, more than 21.8 million death certificates were issued between 1999 and 2007 with Hepatitis C related deaths accounting for 0.18 deaths per 100,000 persons per year while HIV related deaths accounted for 0.21 deaths per 100,000 people per year.
Nearly three quarters (73 percent) of Hepatitis C related deaths were in people between 45 to 65 years of age.
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