High risk of hepatitis C for Vancouver’s street youth

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

A new study says Vancouver street youth face an alarmingly high risk of hepatitis C infection.
The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS tracked youth aged 14 to 26 over the course of six years.
Of the more than 500 tested, 100 people had the disease.

Dr. Scott Hadland says it should be a call to action.

“What we would call for is programs that target youth, enroll youth, perhaps even exclusively youth, so they don’t have to share the space with other adult drug users they may not comfortable with.
In many cases, try to have these programs located in parts of Vancouver where youth actually congregate and spend time.”

Around 80,000 British Columbians are living with hepatitis C.

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