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The Ignored Epedemic

The Ignored Epidemic

There are so many reasons to ignore hepatitis C, especially as it relates to the Opioid Epidemic.

  • We aren’t qualified.
  • There isn’t enough money to fund hepatitis C advocacy.
  • These people have brought this disease upon themselves.
  • If we fight for them to receive treatment they will just squander their own cure.
  • Drug addicts don’t contribute to society.
  • We have no medical background.
  • Its embarrassing to be associated with *those people*.
  • We have to address the root Opioid Epidemic before we address the disease.
  • The problem is too big to address.
  • Hepatitis C isn’t trendy and regarded by shiny celebrities or edgy activists.

It’s true, there are many obstacles, and the problem is without perfect answers, but we cannot allow obstacles, and peoples poor behavior to dictate whether or not we generously offer hope and help. The fastest growing group of people with hep C are addicted and poor. They often bring problems upon themselves, their families and communities.

Where is the Public Outrage for the Hep C Epidemic?

Attending a hepatitis C march isn’t going to give you bragging rights around the water cooler, (no worries there, we don’t have hep C marches) and speaking up publicly about hep C may backfire. But what kind of people see thousands suffer from no hope and turns their head? Shouldn’t the hopelessness in this community stir compassion?

There have been marches, movements, protests, and rallies in the last several months about things much less important and urgent than 5,000,000 people turning yellow and suffering. Where are the rallies for hepatitis C patients?

If you love to post passionately on Social Media about the latest trend in “I’m offended by ________” but could care less about people with the deadliest virus in the world, please stop and consider what is really important, and who really needs a voice.

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