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We Have Effective Treatment for Hepatitis C. So Why Don't States Give It to 100,000 Inmates?

Less than 1 percent of inmates with hepatitis C are receiving treatment in state prisons, according to a new study by prison officials, doctors, and researchers. It's largely because prisons can't afford the drugs they need to fight the dangerous liver disease that spreads through blood and bodily fluids. Hepatitis C kills more Americans than any other infectious disease, including HIV and tuberculosis; about 17 percent of the prison population in America is suffering from it, compared with 1 percent of the general population.
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