3 million people are chronically infected right now in the United states, where 19,000 new infections and 10,000 deaths due to the disease occur each year. 85% of the people who acquire the disease will become chronically infected.
Without symptoms, the chronically infected don't realize they are sick, much less that they are dying.
Due to the cost, most victims of this disease simply cannot afford the treatment. If they do rape and scrape, beg borrow, steal, sell everything they have to pay for the drugs, there is a good chance that the patient may not be cured CLICK TO READ ARTICLE