When I began my work as a hepatitis C advocate in 1997, I learned that if we don’t find a cure for hepatitis C soon, the consequences would be dire. Well, we have a cure for hepatitis C, and the consequences are still dire because we aren’t diagnosing and treating enough people. The prevalence of hepatitis C-related Cirrhosis has doubled in 14 Years. The hepatitis C death rate continues to rise, outranking HIV since 2007 for number of lives claimed.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, this graph is a book:
It’s a book of lives lost. Lives changed. Of grief and pain. Mothers, fathers, siblings, children, friends, and activists…sick or dead.
What will it take to stop this madness?
In two weeks, I am going to Washington, D.C. to lobby with other hepatitis C activists for Hepatitis on the Hill. Stay tuned to find out ways you can help.