C Virus is the leading cause of Liver Transplantation in the US today.
According to the CDC 1.8% of the US population is infected with HCV. This
comes to 4.9 million Americans. Nearly 85%, approximately 4.1 million Americans,
of those infected will go on to chronic HCV.
national tracking system analyzed 95,000 hepatitis C tests conducted at
173 VA facilities and 600 associated clinics in 1998. Researchers found
study found nearly 8% of 26,000 patients in Department of VA facilities
tested positive for HCV. A six week survey at the VA Medical Center on
Washington, DC found 20% of inpatients tested positive for the virus. An
investigation at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco found that 10%
of inpatients tested positive.
Era Vets accounted for about 64% of positive tests.
Vets accounted for 18.5% of positive tests.
Vets accounted for 4.5% of positive tests.
Vets accounted for 4.2% of positive tests.
periods of service accounted for 9.1% of positive tests.
1991, 6,600 cases of Hepatitis C were reported to the Department of Veterans
Affairs. The number of new cases has risen each year and 22,000 cases were
reported in 1998.
HCV infected Veterans may remain unaware of their condition!
you can lay claim to ANY ONE
of the risk factors below, you need to get tested immediately for HCV.
Vaccines with the Jet Injector
Transfusion prior to 1994
blood products prior to 1994 (such as hemophiliacs)
stick injuries - Health Care Workers, Police, Fire, EMT personnel
- Infected Ink as needles
drug use (sharing needles) EVEN ONE TIME
MANY YEARS AGO
drug use (sharing straws)