Officials at the state and local levels are in discussions about
offering hepatitis C testing at all Kentucky county health departments.
local offices offered the tests last year as part of a pilot project,
when Kentucky began to see a spike in hepatitis C cases related to
intravenous drug use. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
said in May that Kentucky’s rate of hepatitis C is seven times higher
than the national average.
Deputy Commissioner Kraig Humbaugh,
with the Kentucky Department of Public Health, says increased screening
opportunities would be a way for health and addiction experts to reach
out to those who need help.