Testing and Treating Prisoners for Hepatitis C
July 6, 2017
One day, while being screened to work as a food handler in one facility, Carl made a startling discovery: He had hepatitis C. In fact, his liver was already severely damaged.
Fortunately, Carl was able to complete a 12-week course of direct-acting antiviral treatments within prison that cured him of the virus. Before release, he also opted for treatment with buprenorphine, an effective medication that treats opioid addiction, to guard against a potential heroin relapse, overdose and re-infection. Carl has remained out of prison, has not relapsed and remains on buprenorphine. Most importantly, he is cured of hepatitis C.