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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Hepatitis C cases increasing in Tennessee
Tennessee is one of the states hardest hit by hepatitis C, and the opioid epidemic is largely to blame, according to a new report. On Wednesday, HepVu released state-level estimates of people living with hepatitis C between 2013 and 2016. About 2.3 million people in the United States are living with the virus, with a high number in some Appalachian states including Tennessee heavily impacted by the opioid crisis. An estimated 69,800 people have hepatitis C in Tennessee. Tennessee and Arizona are the two states that are both in the top 10 for highest prevalence rates and highest number of persons living with the virus. Hepatitis C is a curable, blood-borne virus but remains the leading cause of liver morbidity and mortality in the nation. Most Americans living with the disease are Baby Boomers; however, 80 percent of new hepatitis C infections in the U.S. are transmitted through injecting drugs recreationally, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although many people have been successfully treated for the virus, another challenge to controlling the spread is that people often don't know they're infected. Those with a history of drug use should be tested.

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