Millions of people are living with Hepatitis and they are not aware of it

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 27, 2016

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According to WHO, 95% of people are infected with hepatitis B or C and they are not aware of it. These patients are  living mostly without any symptoms. The number grows from 6 to  10 million a year, WHO reported, while announcing plans to release new testing guidelines for both hepatitis B and C.


Hepatitis awareness


Approximately  400 million people are infected with hepatitis B or C worldwide and most of them are not even aware of it. The United Nation has requested and encouraged different top agencies to provide the necessary information about this disease. These services will  not only provide better  insight of this disease, but also it will teach people how to combat the ‘ ignored perils’ of this disease.


Hepatitis C can be cured within 3-6 months in 90% of patients with visible symptoms. WHO has mobilized the global scale development of awareness related to hepatitis like other communicable diseases like AIDS and tuberculosis.


Bringing together pharmaceutical companies, government, research organisations and communities to help negotiate price reductions can make hepatitis treatments more affordable.


This year, the World Health Assembly from WHO – called for treating eight million people for hepatitis B or C by 2020, to reduce new viral hepatitis infections by 90 per cent. It is also decided that it will be tried to decrease the number of deaths by 65 per cent in 2030, as compared with 2016. These targets are part of the first ever Global Health Sector Strategy on viral hepatitis.


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