hepatitis c

Today Paul Pepper visits with ELIZABETH BRAATEN-PALMIERI about "The Con Artist," an original comedy opening tonight at the Columbia Art League! Plus, find out about GTP's upcoming trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. At [4:20] BRUCE BURKETT - in honor of May being Hepatitis C Month - tells us about the disease, what the signs are and how you can get tested. (Hint: it's not a routine test.) May 6, 2015

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Hepatitis C is a virus that affects the liver, often causing liver cancer or cirrhosis. Although they share a name, it is completely different from hepatitis A or B so current hepatitis vaccines don’t guard against hep C.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 3.2 million people in the United States have hepatitis C. But Bruce Burkett, Founder and Director of the Hep C Alliance, said the disease often goes untreated simply because people don’t know they are infected.

 


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 State officials say Missouri's Medicaid program will save an estimated $4.2 million in fiscal year 2016 by using a newer, cheaper drug to treat hepatitis C.

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that only half of Americans identified as having had Hepatitis C ever follow-up with additional screening and treatment. But that’s only part of the problem, according to Bruce Burkett of the Missouri Hepatitis C Alliance. Nearly three in four people who have the disease don’t even know it.