The number of young people with hepatitis C is rising quickly.
Dr. Ronald Nahass was the first to document the nearly 42 percent of suburban heroin users 17- to 35-years-old had the hepatitis C virus in 2014 and 2015.
“A very serious health condition,” he said.
Nahass is the president of Infectious Disease Care. He blames the explosion of heroin use and the sharing of needles for the high number.
“So dramatically over the past four or five years there have been really amazing increases in the incidents of hepatitis C,” Nahass said.
ID Care began tracking the prevalence of hepatitis C when a colleague mentioned high numbers among patients in rehab at Princeton House. That led to routine testing and then the study.
What may be more disturbing than the results in the survey is the continued testing, what it revealed recently.
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