Canine-hepatitis-c-virus Meg Farris / Eyewitness News
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In a few days, doctors in Louisiana will start prescribing a new
medicine being called a breakthrough for people with hepatitis C.
That's good news for 60,000 people in the state living with the liver-destroying virus.
And a Denham Springs man was in the clinical trial and was one of the first to possibly be cured.
Mark Newman is one of the nearly 4 million people in the U.S. who contracted hepatitis C.
In the 80s, many baby boomers got it through blood transfusions
before the medical community knew about the virus. While the blood
supply is clear now, you can also get it by sharing contaminated drug or
tattoo needles and in rare cases, sharing contaminated manicure and
pedicure tools and toothbrushes. It is very rare for the virus to be
transmitted through sex...Continue reading...