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25. Burden of Chronic Infection With Hepatitis Viruses Among Released Inmates

Another place where hepatitis C occurs is in our incarcerated populations in the U.S, and these are some data from a table in a recent publication from the CDC, in an MMWR. If you look at people with chronic hepatitis C, and this is this lower line, you can see that almost 40% of people who are released from prisons every year have chronic hepatitis C. So a large proportion of the release population that are coming back into the community are infected. The same is actually true for hepatitis B for chronic infection, where about 15% of that population has been incarcerated. So again, this is another one of our special populations and our special needs, I think, for hepatitis C prevention in terms of all of its forms.