VANCOUVER — The plan to wipe out HIV infection by British Columbia
health experts was so successful, they’re trying to replicate the idea
for the treatment of viral hepatitis.
Concern about viral
hepatitis is primarily in immigrant populations, according to Health
Minister Margaret MacDiarmid, who announced $1.9 million in new
provincial funding Thursday.
According to Dr. Mel Krajden, who specializes in hepatitis at the BC Centre for Disease Control, approximately 80,000 British Columbians are infected with hepatitis C and 60,000 with hepatitis B.