NYS Launches New Program To Combat Hepatitis C

ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new $5 million initiative Friday to eliminate Hepatitis C across New York State.
The campaign, dubbed “Hepatitis C Elimination Task Force”, is a new mission aimed at keeping the spread of the infection from worsening as a result of the ongoing opioid epidemic.
The program was created after the Hepatitis C Elimination Summit last year in Albany.
Officials say this campaign will offer many firsts for Hepatitis C patients including, easier access to Hepatitis C-curing medications and expanded screening and treatment services.
More than 200,000 New Yorkers are affected by the infection. Hepatitis C causes liver inflammation and liver damage, which is spread through contaminated blood.