Linking Urban Health Disparities in Baltimore City Neighborhoods
UrbanHealthBmore.org was created to bring awareness to public health issues impacting the communities of Baltimore City. The project “Linking Urban Health Disparities in Baltimore City Neighborhoods” was created with support from the Quixote Center, to bring awareness to the impacts of Hepatitis C on the residents of Baltimore City.
We Bring Awareness to the Impacts of Hepatitis C in Baltimore City.
Hepatitis C is viral infection that affects approximately 71 million people around the world. Due to its nearly nonexistent symptoms, many of those who have the virus are unaware that they have it.
Why Do We Need to Know About Hepatitis C?
As of 2018, 3.5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Many people are unaware that they have contracted the virus. About 75-85% of people who are infected will develop chronic Hepatitis C. It takes up to 20 years for Hepatitis C to become chronic, which can lead to lifelong illnesses. These illnesses can range from cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) to liver cancer.
Who’s at risk for contracting hepatitis C?
The following groups are most at risk for contracting Hepatitis C in Baltimore City:
Injection Drug Users (IDUSs)
Those who have been incarcerated (strong correlation with IDUs)
Healthcare workers who are risk for an accidental needle sticks
Additionally, those who are infected with HIV are also at risk for Hepatitis C co-infection, those who have received unregulated tattoos with equipment that’s not disposable or sterile, moms who are infected have a minimal chance of passing the virus to their child and those who share personal items such as a toothbrush or razor with someone who has Hepatitis C.
Baltimore City Hepatitis C Heat Map
Learn how Hepatitis C is impacting various neighborhoods throughout the city of Baltimore.