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Study: Hepatitis C-related deaths outpace HIV deaths

from Los Angeles Times via Boston Herald

Hepatitis C mortality rates surpassed HIV mortality rates in the United States in 2007, researchers said. In a study in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers analyzed causes of death on more than 21.8 million U.S. death certificates filed between 1999 and 2007. Rates of death related to hepatitis C, a viral infection that causes chronic liver disease, rose at an average rate of .18 deaths per 100,000 persons per year. more

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