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HEALTH STATUS - Hepatitis C
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Dramatic Rise and Fall of Hepatitis C: 1991 was the first full year that the hepatitis C (HCV) virus antibody test was available. Subsequently, the rate of hepatitis C in Hawai'i increased nearly 12-fold, peaking in 1996. The Department of Health attributes this increase to greater availability and quality of testing, increased physician awareness, and more complete reporting of cases. Hepatitis C did not become nationally notifiable until October 1997.1 Hawai'i and U.S. rates are both below the "Healthy People 2020" objective.

Hepatitis C Prevention and Control: HCV is usually transmitted through large or repeated percutaneous exposures to blood--for example, through sharing of equipment between injection drug users. HCV infects people of all ages, but most new cases are among young adults aged 20 to 39 years.


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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Summary of Notifiable Diseases.