Tag Archives: Hep C

Hepatitis C Treatment

The CDC estimates that 3.2 million people in the US have the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). 5 out of 6 people with the disease don't know they have it. New medications can cure it but it the cost is prohibitive. One pill costs $1,175 per pill, or approximately $84,000 for the treatment. Listen in to this opiate support group as they discuss their experiences or knowledge of Hep C treatment.

Discussion Guide:

Do you know the risk factors for Hep C? Who should be tested?

Have you taken risks that could lead to Hep C?

Have you been tested for Hep C?

If you have Hep C, have you received treatment for it? What medicine did you use and did your insurance cover the medicine of your choice?

Why do you think the cost of antiviral medications are so high?

If you could get antiviral medications in another country, or from a private buyers club, would you do it? What are the pros and cons?

Supplemental Reading:

Dorri Olds, Hepatitis C Buyers Club, http://www.thefix.com/hepatitis-c-buyers-club

Needle Safety

Needle exchange programs provide a valuable service to IV drug users. They provide sterile needles and syringes which reduces the risk of infectious diseases (HIV, Hep B, Hep C),  and they refer drug users to prevention and treatment programs. There are more of these exchange programs in operation now, but few in rural areas. Listen to an opiate recovery group talk about their experiences with needles.  

Discussion Guide:

Did you inject drugs? Which substances?

Did you share needles? Did you think you were safe in doing so?

What are the risks involved in sharing needles?

If you used needles, did you feel psychologically addicted to the process of preparing the needle?

Have you taken advantage of a needle exchange program?

How did you dispose of your needles?

Where is a safe place to dispose your needles?

Supplemental Reading:

Use of Needle Exchange Programs Up Dramatically in 10 Years, Medical Press, http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-11-needle-exchange-years-cdc.html