In the United States, 2,372 more people died from hepatitis C in 2007 than from HIV/AIDS: Hep C deaths numbered 15,106 compared with 12,734 for HIV/AIDS.

On the brighter side, rates of antiretroviral-related liver damage among people coinfected with HIV and hep C declined steadily between 1997 and 2009. Newer, less toxic HIV drugs get the credit.