New program to help stop the rise of Hepatitis C cases in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — There's a new effort to try and stop the rise of Hepatitis C cases in Indiana caused by the opioid epidemic.

A group called Gilead Sciences announced the new initiative Tuesday called "HepConnect."

In other areas where the program has gone into place, it helps connect people with screening, getting care, community education and helping with healthcare infrastructure to handle a rise in cases.

Hepatitis C is often times a deadly liver disease linked to injection drug use and dirty syringes.

50,000 people in Indiana are living with Hepatitis C without knowing it.

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