Hepatitis C in the United States: A Hidden and Growing Epidemic
In a public health emergency in the first half of 2015, 170 people in Scott County, Indiana, were diagnosed with HIV as a
result of reusing contaminated needles while injecting drugs. Of the 170, 85% were co-infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV).
Increased investment in HCV surveillance could have forestalled the Indiana outbreak, limiting the spread of both HIV and
HCV, and averting the considerable cost of treating both infections.
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See also: Hepatitis C and Drug Pricing: The Need for a Better Balance