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Is HIV southern Ohio’s next woe?

Monday, November 9, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Samantha Porter
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"People in southern Ohio have been hit with a series of deadly plagues, and another one is on the horizon.

First, it was narcotic painkillers and pill mills, followed by the scourge of heroin, and now the highest hepatitis C infection rate in the state.

Next could be an HIV epidemic like the one gripping Scott County, Ind., federal and local health officials fear.

Scioto County’s hepatitis C infection rate, 556.6 per 100,000 people, is four times the state average and five times Franklin County’s rate. Scioto’s surrounding counties — Jackson, Vinton, Pike, Adams, Gallia and Lawrence — are also in the “red zone,” an Ohio Department of Health map shows.

Each plague brought suffering and death to an area of the state already hit hard economically..."

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