Hepatitis C Kills More People Than HIV Infection!
Charles P. Davis, MD, PhD
Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Most people, including doctors, would be crying out for help from science and the government if suddenly, a disease was found, and it was killing more people than HIV infections. Unfortunately, such a disease exists, but why has there been no outcry?
Like the slow, silent serial killers found in society, this disease, hepatitis C, slowly and methodically has infected many people. Initially, like an efficient serial killer, people infected with hepatitis C do not realize they are in danger until, for many individuals, the disease becomes untreatable with death as the outcome. However, serial killers are caught and stopped usually when their pattern of attacks are recognized and then publicized so people understand how to protect themselves from attack, or if being attacked, how to defend themselves. The killer, hepatitis C virus, is now better understood so that an initial outcry may be heard. This notice was brought forward in three related publications in Annals of Internal Medicine.