Deadlier than HIV, the disease can appear
years after infection, and testing and treatment are complicated. The
city’s Action Plan draws praise, but advocates want more resources
In New York, at least half of those with HCV don’t know they are
infected. In the nation the figure is estimated to be closer to 75
percent. There are an estimated 146,000 infected people in the city. But
limited surveillance may have obscured the true picture of viral
incidence citywide—it could be significantly higher.
The city’s health
department, or DOHMH, is mounting its first-ever campaign to reduce
illness and death from HCV. But due to a lack of financial
commitment—particularly from the federal government—the city and
healthcare workers find themselves limited in what they can do.