ANCHORAGE –Hepatitis C is a disease that health officials say kills more
Alaskans than HIV and AIDS, but according to state health officials,
most of the people who have the virus don’t know it.
State Hepatitis prevention coordinator Ginger Provo says more than
16,000 Alaskans have been infected with the Hepatitis C virus since the
state started keeping records in the mid 1990s. But Provo believes the
real numbers are much higher. She said up to 75 percent of people who
have the disease have not been diagnosed because many of them aren’t
The one bright spot for the disease lies in its treatment. New drugs
have been released recently that work better, faster and with fewer side
effects than previous treatments, Provo says.
Labels: Alaska, Epidemiology, Treatment