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Surprise: GOP health chief backs needle exchanges as prevention. But the health secretary does not support safe injection sites.
Better antiretrovirals have likely mitigated HIV’s effects on the risk of end-stage liver disease and liver cancer in those with hep C.
The state’s health department is providing free testing to clients.
Among HIV-positive people, mortality related to hepatitis B and C is falling but deaths due to NAFLD are rising.
“This is a step in the right direction, but more work needs to be done.”
But health officials believe the risk of infection from improperly sterilized equipment is low.
Nearly 21 million Americans could lose coverage. Meanwhile, the GOP won’t offer a health care replacement until after 2020.
In fact, antiviral drugs account for nearly 14 percent of total drug costs in the program.
Clinical trials often exclude key patient populations, including children and people living with HIV or hepatitis B or C.
These two men both recently discovered that they had hepatitis C, each with a different story about their encounters with insurance.
The patient advocacy coalition I Am Essential sent a letter to the HHS spelling out why the plan is dangerous.
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