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Kentucky has 54 high-risk counties for spread of hepatitis C; only six have needle exchange programs

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Why, if 54 of Kentucky’s 120 counties are among the nation’s most vulnerable to outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C among intravenous drug users, do only a few of them allow users to exchange used syringes for clean one to avoid spreading the diseases? That question was asked, implicitly, by a national expert who spoke at the 2016 Viral Hepatitis Conference...

Third annual hepatitis conference scheduled July 26 in Lexington; Hepatitis C Town Hall July 28 in Hazard

Kentucky, which leads the nation in hepatitis C infections, will have its third annual hepatitis conference July 26 in Lexington, followed by a Hepatitis C Town Hall Meeting in Hazard July 28, World Hepatitis Day. The first meeting, “Hepatitis: Breaking the Silence,” is hosted by the Kentucky Rural Health Association, the state Department for Public Health’s Adult Viral Hepatitis...