Hepatitis C Now Bigger Killer than HIV

Mortality associated with hepatitis C has surpassed that of HIV, a researcher said at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. The declining death rate from HIV crossed the rising rate associated with hepatitis C infection in about 2006, according to Scott Holmberg, MD, of the CDC. On the other hand, the rate of deaths associated with hepatitis B has been relatively flat, Holmberg reported. Another study presented here suggested that as many as 800,000 new cases of hepatitis C could be diagnosed under a proposed new screening approach.