New York State launches campaign to fight Hepatitis C

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New York State has launched a new effort to combat the surge in Hepatitis C. 

According to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, the campaign is the first of its kind in the United States.

Hepatits C – or HCV – is a liver disease impacting more than 200,000 people in New York State.

One four people with HIV is also infected with Hepatitis C, according to the state.

Meanwhile, 90 percent of those who are treated for the disease can be cured.

$5 million have allocated to the campaign which will:
– Establish a patient navigation program within Syringe Exchange Programs to link persons with hepatitis C to care and treatment.
– Develop innovative hepatitis C treatment models targeting people who inject drugs that include co-located medication-assisted treatment along with hepatitis C treatment.
– Expand services to criminal justice populations to link inmates with hepatitis C to care, treatment and supportive services upon release from incarceration. 
– Enhance hepatitis C surveillance to track the epidemic, inform program development, and establish and monitor hepatitis C elimination targets.

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