What do you need to know about stopping the spread of hepatitis C?
With new treatments helping to reduce HIV cases, Hepatitis C is seeing a resurgence in the Southern Tier.
One of the main reasons for this: injecting drugs and sharing the equipment.
The Southern Tier AIDS Program says research shows Hepatitis C affects mostly middle-aged people. But as drug use — namely, opiates — becomes more popular, it’s now prevalent among those in their late 20s and early 30s.
“It’s a very strong virus,” said STAP Executive Director John Barry. “It lives for a long time outside the body, and it’s easy to transmit it.”
Barry said there are ways to prevent it, including syringe exchanges and using new equipment for each injection.
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