HepVu recently launched new interactive maps illustrating the prevalence of Hepatitis C in the United States between 2013 and 2016, stratified at the state level by age, sex, and race. Published in Hepatology Communications, the data demonstrate that of the estimated 2.3 million people living with Hepatitis C infection in the U.S. during this time, the epidemic continues to disproportionately impact males, the Baby Boomer population (those born between 1945 and 1969), Black Americans, and, increasingly, young persons in states highly affected by the opioid epidemic – a result of injection drug use.
“The data highlight health disparities among certain populations and areas of the country and underscore the continuing need for consistent, well-grounded data that can help public health decision-makers develop tailored strategies to address Hepatitis C,” said Dr. Patrick Sullivan professor of epidemiology at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and Principal Scientist for HepVu. “Knowing there is a cure for Hepatitis C, it is even more critical to use data to identify areas where we should strengthen surveillance, screening, and treatment to stop this epidemic.”
HepVu.org is an online platform that visualizes data and disseminates insights on the Hepatitis C epidemic in the United States. HepVu is presented by Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in partnership with Gilead Sciences, Inc. In addition to mapping the burden of Hepatitis C at the state-level, HepVu provides users with educational infographics, state-specific factsheets, and downloadable datasets.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 24