Why does Philadelphia need a hepatitis C coalition?

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PA Senator Vincent Hughes signs a commitment to End Hepatitis C in PA

Hepatitis C is a serious public health issue.

  • Nearly 50,000 Philadelphians are estimated to be living with hepatitis C, a chronic virus that can cause cirrhosis, liver cancer and death.
  • More than 50% of people living with hepatitis C do not know they are infected.
  • Deaths from hepatitis C have surpassed HIV/AIDS death in America due to undiagnosed liver cancer or advanced liver disease related to hepatitis C

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Philadelphia is mobilized to respond to hepatitis C

  • Approximately 50,000 Philadelphians are living with hep C
  • Since February 2012, over 300 people have participated in HepCAP
  • HepCAP is a member of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable through which we engage with other national leaders to improve hep C policies

HepCAP has helped more people gain access to care & treatment

  • Treatment for hep C can now cure most infected people of the virus – when they are able to access the expensive new therapies
  • HepCAP is an incubator of ideas; partners generate strategies to improve hepatitis education, prevention, care, treatment, and awareness

HepCAP has built a community of partners dedicated to improving hepatitis services in Philadelphia.

  • HepCAP members include people living with hep C, representatives of city agencies, non- profits, hospitals, universities, industry and more.
  • HepCAP is made up of more than 50 agencies that can be mobilized to provide services in communities most at-risk for hep C