Treating The New Hep C Generation On Their Turf

Kaiser Health News, December 7, 2017

Although people over age 52 still account for the largest share of chronic hepatitis C cases, the highest number of new infections occurs among people in their 20s.

This article first appeared December 07, 2017 on Kaiser Health News.

By Pauline Bartolone

Dr. Diana Sylvestre treats patients for addiction and hepatitis C at the Mendocino County AIDS/Viral Hepatitis Network in Ukiah, Calif., where intravenous drug users dispose of used syringes and pick up clean ones to reduce their risk of infection. (Pauline Bartolone/KHN)

The Face Of Hepatitis C Is Getting Younger

This story by KHN Sacramento correspondent Pauline Bartolone aired Dec. 1, 2017, on Here & Now.

UKIAH, Calif. — Once a week, Dr. Diana Sylvestre puts her medical expertise to use in a rickety old house frequented by drug users in this small Northern California city.

She sets up in a stuffy office no bigger than a walk-in closet, just feet from a room where people who shoot heroin or methamphetamine drop off used needles and pick up clean ones. The needle exchange and Sylvestre’s makeshift clinic are under the same roof, part of a program run by the Mendocino County AIDS/Viral Hepatitis Network.

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Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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