There’s a Cure for Hepatitis C. Why Are So Many People Still Dying from It?

A small purple-and-white sign hangs on the waiting room wall in Highland Hospital’s emergency department in Oakland.

In English and Spanish it reads: “Our ER’s policy for patients 18 to 75 years old: HIV and Hepatitis C tests are done once a year if you are having other blood tests.”

It’s a policy that emergency room physician Doug White and his colleagues instituted four years ago. Since up to half of people with hepatitis C do not know they are infected, testing is the first step toward eradicating the deadly, blood-borne virus, he said.

Read more about Doug White's work here:

https://ww2.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2017/11/30/theres-a-cure-for-hepatitis-c-why-are-so-many-people-still-dying-from-it/