Skip to comments.Appalachia gripped by hepatitis C epidemic, bracing for HIV
Posted on 06/04/2015 4:05:03 AM PDT by markomalley
Patton Couch shook his head and clenched his teeth, recounting the night four years ago when he plucked a dirty needle from a pile at a flophouse and jabbed it into his scarred arm.
He knew the odds; most of the addicts in the room probably had hepatitis C.
"All I cared about was how soon and how fast I could get it in," he says. "I hated myself, it was misery. But when you're in the grips of it, the only way I thought I could escape it was one more time."
Couch, 25 years old and one month sober, is one of thousands of young Appalachian drug users recently diagnosed with hepatitis C. Yet public health officials warn that it could get much worse.
Two-hundred miles north, Scott County, Indiana, is grappling with one of the worst American HIV outbreaks among injection drug users in decades. Kentucky, with the nation's highest rate of acute hepatitis C, might be just a few dirty needles away from a similar catastrophe.
"One person could be Typhoid Mary of HIV," said Dr. Jennifer Havens, an epidemiologist at the University of Kentucky's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, who has studied Perry County drug users for years as the hepatitis rate spiraled through small-town drug circles there. An explosion of hepatitis C, transmitted through injection drug use and unprotected sex, can foreshadow a wave of HIV cases.
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We’re supposed to feel sorry for them and open up our wallets for another government program? I just can’t feel any sympathy for someone who knowingly engages in reckless dangerous behavior and then suffers the consequences.
I understand the sentiment, but as our economy collapses a lot of the social pathologies historically found in urban slums are now spreading throughtout the general population like wildfire. People with no sense of purpose are basically self-medicating for deep-rooted chronic depression; we are watching the death (literally) of a civilization. Not that the country itself will disappear, or that there will be some violent armageddon;instead, it will limp along increasingly populated by foreigners and will bear no resemblance at all to the WASP country founded nearly 250 years ago that dominated the world for about a century.
I’m shocked by the number of young “Anglos” today with spotty employment, poor education, no intention of having families, and who are solely focused on smoking marijuana - the opium of our day.
Not that much worse since the number of individuals who engage in behavior that will put them at risk is fairly small. The vast majority of West Virginians who don't engage in the risky behavior are at absolutely no risk.
I could support ONE government program in this case: a sanitarium. That not so much for them, but to protect public health.
Unless one of those vast majority come into contact with an infected person. Therefore, see post #5.
There’s a vaccine for Hep. C.
While driving to Myrtle Beach and back recently, I noticed a number of billboards, purchased by the CDC, advising everyone born between 1945 and 1964 to be tested for Hep C.
Thanks, didn't know that.
But vaccines don't help those already infected, do they?
No they're not. They're spreading among the lowlife scum, but the majority of the general population that does not engage in shooting up with dirty needles and anal sex is at very low risk.
The ones in the general population who are at risk are the medical personnel who are forced to treat these dregs and because of HEPA laws have no idea if they're infected or not.
No, vaccines don’t help the currently infected, but getting one would be a wise choice for the uninfected in an area with a growing incidence of the disease. In addition to dirty needles - tattoos, as well as drug use - and sexual transmission, Hep. C can be spread by unsanitary food preparation and in medical situations.
I guess my point was that more and more people are ending up as “lowlife scum”, so to speak; they know they have no future, and it reflects in their behavior.
There is actually a cure for hep C these days. I don't know if it's 100% effective, but I do know it exists, and a full treatment course costs about $28,000 which of course the "activists" are screaming about since it seems too expensive for their pampered druggie parasites to afford (but somehow they can afford drugs to get high)
unmentioned...... total number of new cases
Most of Heroine addicts are crossovers from the now much more regulated and controlled oxytocin.
When the clamp down oxytocin hit these areas, most turned to heroin.
Not making excuse for these poor souls, but the oxytocin vacuum was filled with free primed herione customers.
The story probably referenced this journal article: Increases in Hepatitis C Virus Infection Related to Injection Drug Use Among Persons Aged ≤30 Years Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, 20062012
From the article:
While I can't really dispute your comment since I A. have no real statistical data and B. Suspect it's true even without the data, you have to ask WHY they end up like that. People have free will, and every life is the result of a series of choices. One or two bad decisions probably won't drop you into the bottom of society. You have to work at making it to the bottom of the heap by consistently making the wrong life choice. Party or study? Get high or stay sober? Engage in anal sex with strangers or avoid that sort of thing? Get a steady job or collect welfare? Drop out a bastard or six with as many different baby daddys as you can find or look for a permanent relationship? etc.
There are people who end up in the sh.t through no fault of their own. people who get cancer or are the victims of accidents caused by other people, etc., and for them I do have sympathy, but for the vast majority of 0bama voters who want to have a good time at the expense of the rest of us, the sooner they autodarwinate the better.
Obama’s killing the coal industry isn’t helping Appalachia.
Self elimination program
It’s very effective and the cost is closer to 80k.
I know someone cured by it.
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