Hepatitis C

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Several million Americans and thousands of Western New Yorkers are infected with the Hepatitis C virus. Many don't know they are infected and don't know there is a cure.

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A high percentage of people in methadone treatment programs for drug addiction also have Hepatitis C. Now there is a research project based at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to help drug addicts who also have Hep C.

The number of new Hepatitis C cases leaped nearly 300 percent from 2010 to 2015, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the CDC points to the likely culprit behind the spike in cases of the infectious disease: the use of heroin and other injection drugs.

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Healthcare professionals and community leaders in Buffalo are helping to raise awareness about the impact of Hepatitis C in the African American community.