Two of NSW's maximum security jails are the location for a
world-first trial of a new wonder drug that could stop the spread of the
blood-borne disease hepatitis C through the prison populations.
at the Lithgow and Goulburn jails are being recruited to take part in
the treatment program, which it is hoped will eventually rid the
institutions of the disease and potentially save the lives of thousands
suffering chronic infections.
About a third of all prisoners in
NSW jails are infected with chronic hepatitis C, which spreads rapidly
through prisons by blood-to-blood contact including sharing of needles,
syringes and other drug paraphernalia, tattoo equipment and from fights.
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