Nevada Budgets $6M to Treat All Prisoners Who Have Hepatitis C

Nevada Budgets $6M to Treat All Prisoners Who Have Hepatitis C

Nevada is setting aside $6 million to treat all prisoners living with hepatitis C, a curable liver disease that is more prevalent among people who are incarcerated compared with the population at large. Last month, prison officials said they had identified 749 cases of hepatitis C out of 11,015 total inmates. Hepatitis C virus affects the liver. Over time, it can cause fibrosis (mild to moderate liver scarring), cirrhosis (serious liver scarring), liver cancer, liver failure and death. Click here to learn the Basics of Hepatitis C. And for more about viral hepatitis and other forms of liver disease such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), see our Introduction to Hepatitis.

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