Status: Baseline only
Reduce the rate of acute hepatitis C
Baseline: 1.0 cases of acute hepatitis C per 100,000 population were reported in 2017
Target: 0.8 cases of acute hepatitis C per 100,000 population
Tens of thousands of people get acute hepatitis C in the United States every year. Most people who get acute hepatitis C develop chronic hepatitis C, which can lead to liver damage and liver cancer. Screening organ and tissue donations, controlling hepatitis C infections in hospitals, and treating people who have chronic hepatitis C can help reduce the rate of acute hepatitis C nationwide. Providing people who inject drugs with clean needles and syringes can also lower their risk for acute hepatitis C.