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Title: Many Youths Diagnosed With Hep C Had Limited Knowledge of Their Risk
Post by: Hep Editors on January 17, 2020, 10:53:05 am
As the opioid epidemic drives up new hepatitis C virus (HCV) cases among young people, survey data from newly diagnosed youths in California indicate that they were often unaware of their risk for the virus. Additionally, these individuals typically lacked access to opioid-related harm reduction services.

Between 2014 and 2016, the annual rate of newly reported cases of hep C increased by 50% among 15- to 29-year-olds in California. While national data suggest that this surge was likely a result of increasing opioid use among young people, most of California’s 61 local health jurisdictions do not routinely investigate newly reported HCV infections, leaving the risk factors associated with these infections unknown.

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