Health Department and Community Partners Release Plan to Eliminate Viral Hepatitis in New York City by 2030 

December 27, 2021 – The Health Department today released the Plan to Eliminate Viral Hepatitis as a Major Public Health Threat in New York City by 2030 (Viral Hepatitis Elimination Plan), a set of strategies to reduce the number of hepatitis C infections, improve the health of people with hepatitis B and C, and reduce health inequities related to viral hepatitis infection in New York City.

To monitor local strides toward these goals, the NYC Health Department developed progress indicators based on currently available NYC surveillance data. During the period of implementation — 2022 to 2030 — the NYC Health Department will assess and annually report on these indicators in stakeholder meetings to give the community an overall gauge of NYC’s progress toward the elimination goals. As discussed in the Plan Implementation section, the NYC Health Department will also report on the outcomes of specific strategies, which will signal incremental achievements.

Elimination Plan Goals

Goal 1: Reduce new hepatitis C infections among people in NYC by 90% by 2030

Aggressive diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C infections has the potential to reduce new infections. Achieving this goal depends on timely screening and rapid treatment of people in NYC newly diagnosed with hepatitis C to reduce the risk of onward transmission.

Goal 2: Reduce premature deaths among people with chronic hepatitis B and chronic hepatitis C in NYC by 65% by 2030; Improve the health of people with hepatitis B and C in NYC

The percentage of people with hepatitis C in NYC who die prematurely (age 64 or younger) of any cause is double that of in the general NYC population, and for people with hepatitis B it is 1.5 times higher. If goals related to testing and treatment are met, premature mortality and mortality related to chronic hepatitis B and C infections can be reduced by more than half.

Goal 3: Reduce health inequities related to viral hepatitis infection among people in NYC

In NYC, Asian or Pacific Islander people have seven times the rate of death due to hepatitis B infection as compared with White people, and Latino people and Black people have 2.9 and 2.6 times the rate of death due to hepatitis C infection, respectively, as compared with White people. NYC neighborhoods with high rates of poverty have the highest overall numbers of hepatitis C infections. Equitable access to hepatitis care and treatment — including access to regular liver cancer screening, when indicated — is crucial to reducing health inequities and achieving the other goals of this elimination plan.

Download the full Viral Hepatitis Elimination plan here. 

View Press Release here

Last Updated on January 4, 2022 by HepFree NYC

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