STATE OF ADDICTION: Kentucky leads in cases of Hepatitis C

STATE OF ADDICTION: Kentucky leads in cases of Hepatitis C


IS A DIRECT CORRELATION BETWEEN HEPATITIS-C NUMBERS AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE BATTLING AN OPIOID ADDICTION. IN FACT, SHE SAYS HEPATITIS-C IS OFTEN UNDER-REPORTED, SO OUR NUMBERS HERE IN KENTUCKY ARE ACTUALLY EVEN HIGHER. THE VIRUS ATTACKS THE LIVER AND CREATES A CONDITION CALLED CIRRHOSIS, WHICH STOPS THE LIVER FROM FUNCTIONING. IT’S SPREAD THROUGH BODILY FLUID LIKE BLOOD, WHICH IS WHY THOSE USING NEEDLES ARE SO SUSCEPTIBLE. THERE IS TREATMENT AVAILABLE NOW. IT’S EXPENSIVE AND YOU MUST PROVE YOU’RE OFF DRUGS BEFORE STARTING IT. ONE OF THE SURPRISES TO A LOT OF PEOPLE HAS BEEN THE NAIVE — AND THIS IS THE U.S. IN GENERAL, PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT HIV

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