New hep C campaign to target boomers, IV drug users

A new state-run campaign will heavily push screening for hepatitis C among baby boomers and intravenous drug users.

Set to launch in mid-October, the Delaware Division of Public Health program aims to reach out to health care providers, especially primary care doctors and substance abuse clinicians, to educate them on whom to screen and how the disease is transmitted.

A story in The News Journal this month detailed how the state’s wave of heroin addiction is driving an explosion of hepatitis C cases among intravenous drug users and the barriers they face to get expensive medication.

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