Hepatitis C Virus: Revenge of the Killer Icebergs

1 Mar

Don't Get Stuck With HIV

The comments following an article about hepatitis C (HCV) appearing in the English Guardian suggest that some people still associate the virus with illicit drug taking, illicit sexual practices and those who engage in such activities. Sadly, the article doesn’t make much effort to dispel such views.

Several of the people commenting who have been infected with HCV sound as if they don’t quite understand how this came about, although they know that they have never engaged in any of the well publicized activities that are said to constitute the most serious and the most common risks.

We shouldn’t be facing this problem with HCV; it’s much too like the problem we still face with HIV, the view that it mainly infects people who engage in illicit activities of some kind, their partners and even, sometimes, their children. Trying to scare people about heterosexual HIV being the tip of an iceberg…

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