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.

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