Hepatitis C, a liver disease, is the most common chronic blood borne viral infection in theUnited States. It is estimated that anywhere up to 4 million people are infected with Hepatitis C or 2% of the general population. In New York it is estimated that 304,000 citizens have been infected with hepatitis C, including nearly 240,000 with chronic infections. People who are infected may not exhibit symptoms for 20 or more years.
- Hepatitis C infects about 25,000 people each year with most developing chronic infection.
- Blood was not screened for Hepatitis C until 1992.
- The virus can remain dormant for 20 to 30 years and many do not know they are infected.
- Early detection is critical.
- Hepatitis C is 4X more prevalent than HIV/AIDS
This fund was created to increase awareness and education. Proceeds go towards Hepatitis C research and scholarship money for deserving Rockland County students. This disease is a silent killer. We are committed to bringing it out of the shadows.