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Dr. Ardis Hoven “C of Hepatitis” show

Mar 15, 2017

Dr. Hoven is a UK professor of Infectious Diseases, and former president of the American Medical Association. Her work in infectious diseases and her concern that her HIV-AIDS patients were unable to access the healthcare system led her into organized medicine and into the AMA. There, she rapidly rose to a leadership position, taking office just as the Affordable Care Act was being rolled out. Enjoy her experiences and her expertise as we talk about hepatitis C in rural Kentucky.

Tip:  Hepatitis C is primarily spread by dirty needles. There is no vaccine, but there is a cure, which entails a prolonged course of expensive medicines. The only cost-effective way to manage this problem is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Links:

A thoughtful article from STAT News on Kentucky's hepatitis C problem

Statistics hepatitis in Kentucky

CDC on hepatitis in young Kentucky women