200,000 New Yorkers are living with the hepatitis C virus and most do
not know their status even though new medications can cure most people
with chronic infection. In response to this neglected and urgent health
issue, the largest hepatitis C legislative awareness day yet was held in
Albany on March 13th with participation from about 150 New Yorkers
living with hepatitis C, service providers and allies.
After a morning briefing for elected officials and their staff on
critical hepatitis C prevention, testing, care and treatment issues, we
met with individual legislators in the afternoon followed by a march to
Governor Cuomo’s office in the Capitol, where we sung hymns and called
for scaled up action to address the epidemic. View photos from the day here.