Nevada Launches Drive To Test All Inmates, Treat Hepatitis C
With costs falling for hepatitis C treatment, Nevada state prisons are launching a program to test all inmates and treat those who have the blood-borne virus.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the state Department of Corrections plans to spend about $6.8 million and hire contract staffers to screen inmates in coming months, including those just entering the system. About 13,000 men and women are in the system.
In a report to the state Legislature's Interim Finance Committee, prisons officials called curing chronic hepatitis C before returning inmates to the community a public health issue.