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Rise in Hepatitis C Infection in Young Adults in MA Linked to Heroin Use


The use of heroin and other injectable drugs are contributing to the rise in hepatitis C infections among white youth in Massachusetts, according to a report by the state’s Department of Public Health.

Reuters reports that injection drug use was the most common factor for transmission of hepatitis C among young people ages 15 to 24 in 2002 through 2009. In an editorial, the researchers called the findings a disturbing trend, and note that law enforcement officials from other areas of the country are also seeing a rise in heroin use, especially among younger users. Hepatitis C is often passed through contaminated blood in people sharing needles for illegal drug use.

The findings were published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

3 Responses to this article

  1. Sandra Streifel / May 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    The CDC recommends that everyone have an HIV test and physical exam yearly, that would include blood and local testing for other STD’s. Using a female condom every time for intercourse protects against Herpes too-a very common virus to have and not know it. American teenagers are not always as well-educated in STD’s and how to protect themselves as Canadian high school students. Needle exchange prevents as much needle sharing, especially if it’s mobile; and less sharps are found in public since one old needle is returned. Intensive needle exchange has been shown to decrease prevalence of hepatitis and HIV new infections.

  2. Avatar of eyreu
    eyreu / May 11, 2011 at 4:26 am

    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. Avatar of Frank
    Frank / May 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Prescription Drug Abuse is leading the way to this problem.
    Kids think it is cool to have access prescription drugs but they are more deadly than illegal drugs.

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