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bhjelle at unm.edu bhjelle at unm.edu
Tue Jan 17 09:52:51 EST 1995

In article <199501152104.AA04192 at wugate.wustl.edu>,
 <saboteur at BORCIM.WUSTL.EDU> wrote:
>>I have a question. Why isn't there more publicity about Hepatitis C? It 
>>affects a lot of people, is fairly deadly, and is pretty much 
>Good question Sue! Last I heard, about .5% of the US population is HCV+, or
>roughly 1,000,000 people, which is comparable to HIV. As you may know, a
>majority of those infected remain chronically infected for life. The big
>difference, at least in media coverage, between HCV and HIV, is that HIV
>touched on some real tricky issues in this puritanical society, such as
>homosexuality, drug abuse, birth control, etc. This should force us to confront

Well, I think there are more differences
than that  ;-)   

Since HIV has a mortality not too far
removed from 100%, and it has been difficult
to actually demonstrate any shortened
longevity in HCV+ people vs controls,
I think that alone could explain the
lack of media excitement.

Not to say that HCV isn't common and
important. It is. It just looks less
so in comparison to HIV.



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