DVD, 2015, HRM, Grades 7-College, 15 minutes, Close Captioned
Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne infection in the United States – more common by far than HIV. Many young people are putting themselves at risk for this potentially fatal disease, primarily as a result of intravenous drug use but also because of tattoos performed by unlicensed artists, unprotected sex, and the sharing of razors and tooth brushes. Viewers learn that there is no vaccine that can protect them from the virus. The program describes how many people are not aware that they are infected but are at risk for serious liver disease and cancer later in life. A former intravenous drug user describes how she was infected and how a cousin died from the disease. The program details measures to prevent being infected and urges those who have put themselves at risk get tested. A docor emphasizes that there is now a very effective treatment for the disease.
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