A hepatitis C summit in New York focuses on disease prevention.
A summit on hepatitis C kicked off Tuesday morning with strong support from New York officials for the goal of eliminating the virus, as new cases rise among young adults who are injection drug users.
“Together, we will eliminate hepatitis C,” state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said to dozens of government officials, health workers and activists assembled in a meeting room at the Empire State Plaza. “We have the technology, we have the expertise and we have the will to do it.”
Patient advocates are urging state officials to address hepatitis C, a virus that affects the liver, similarly to the way they have targeted AIDS with the “End the Epidemic” campaign that aims to bring the number of new cases of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, to 750 per year by 2020.
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that can cause chronic infection of the liver and, in the worst cases, liver failure and death. An estimated 200,000 New Yorkers have chronic hepatitis C, with as many as half unaware they carry the virus, according to patient advocate VOCAL-NY. There were more than 16,000 reported new cases in 2014.
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