Health Officials Warn Of Hepatitis “Epidemic”

 BOSTON (AP) – Health officials are warning Massachusetts is facing an “epidemic” of Hepatitis C virus infections among adolescents and young adults, particularly those who are injection drug users.
 
The cases were reported from all areas of the state, occurred predominantly among non-Hispanic whites, and were equally distributed among males and females.
 
The increase came as overall Hepatitis C infections have dropped or leveled off according to the study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
From 2002 to 2009, rates of newly reported Hepatitis C infections, confirmed and probable, among those aged 15 to 24 increased from 65 per 100,000 individuals to 113 per 100,000 individuals.
 
State epidemiologist Dr. Alfred DeMaria said the spike in Hepatitis C infections could be related to a rise in heroin use in Massachusetts.

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  1. Willow says:

    So, are we supposed to feel bad about someone becoming sick and burdening the health care system when their illness is self inflicted? Give me a break!

  2. linda says:

    I have Hepatitis and I am an engineer who works for the largest herpes dating and support site STDsMatch. com. I have to tell you a secret, you can choose not to
    believe me. But the truth is that this site has more than 1,880,000 members and about 80% members are good looking in my estimation.

    Unfortunately, STD rates soar worldwide and most people with STDs don’t even know that they have them. So do use a condom to protect yourself!!!!
    The government should grant more money for STD education to lower the rates of STD transmission.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It’s exactly those people who will not protect themselves or think that they won’t get it…it’s just dirty people who WILL get an std. Then they’ll see how “those” people feel. No we shouldn’t pity them we need to understand that ANYONE can get an std! Including YOU! So open your narrow mind and see the truth. It might save your Life!

  4. Anonymous says:

    It’s exactly those people who will not protect themselves or think that they won’t get it and that it’s just dirty people who get std’s, who WILL get an std. Then they’ll see how “those” people feel. No we shouldn’t pity them we need to understand that ANYONE can get an std! Including YOU! So open your narrow mind and see the truth. It might save your Life!

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