Washington, DC—More than 500 million persons worldwide are infected with hepatitis B or C virus, estimates the World Health Organization, and more than 5 million US residents have such infections, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Yet these infections often go undetected and untreated because patients and physicians may be unaware of who is at risk or may fail to pursue testing.
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