Hepatitis C cases are on the rise.
Hepatitis C cases are on the rise in South Carolina. Over the last six years, the number of young people who have gotten the disease has more than doubled.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control just released new statistics to show the increase. Now, doctors are saying it’s another side effect of the heroin epidemic.
Dr. James Powers, Chief of Infectious Disease at Grand Strand Medical Center, says there are two main reasons for the spike: more heroin use in young people and more diagnoses in older people.
“More doctors are willing to test their patients and therefore we’re seeing kind of more referrals over for that, because of the fact that more testing means people being diagnosed that previously just didn’t know they had it,” said Powers.
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