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Hepatitis C can cause cirrhosis of the liver



A Crisis In The African American Community


National Medical Association Findings and Recommendations – October 2013

The Hepatitis C Task Force was formed by the NMA in 2011 to formally address and create an action plan around the crisis of Hepatitis C in the African American Community. One of the Task Force’s initial recommendations was to convene a Consensus Panel. Many of the members of the Task Force serve as experts on the Consensus Panel. Their assistance is invaluable to the ongoing work of the NMA in combating Hepatitis C.


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    Key facts

    African Americans have the highest prevalence of diagnosed (2.5%) and undiagnosed (1.2%) hepatitis C among racial/ethnic groups.
    It is estimated that there are more than 1.4 million undiagnosed carriers of hepatitis C.
    More than ninety-five percent of all diagnosed cases of hepatitis C are in the 40-64 age group.
    The CDC recommends that everyone in the age 40-64 cohort be screened for hepatitis C.