Hypodermic Needle Web Page

Robinson, Jennifer, editor. “What is Hepatitis C?” WebMD, 17 May 2016, http://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/hepc-guide/digestive-diseases-hepatitis-c#1.

This source provides information about the Hepatitis C virus and its treatment. Hepatitis C is described as an infection of the liver, and about 3.5 million people in the U.S. have the disease. The transmission of Hepatitis C is described to be through blood to blood contact, being passed through sharing drugs and needles, being stuck by infected needles, and from mother to child. The long-term effects of Hepatitis C are stated to be chronic Hepatitis C, which causes conditions such as cirrhosis, which is scarring of the liver, and liver cancer. This is said to be one of the top reasons that people get liver transplants. Hepatitis C is treated with pills, an example being Sovaldi, which costs about $84,000 for a 12-week course, which is about $1,000 per pill. This is a very high cost to treat this disease, and this does not include the cost of getting a liver transplant, which most people who are infected with the Hepatitis C virus are forced to get because of the severe liver damage. This source relates to the sources regarding the transmission of diseases and viruses through the use and sharing of hypodermic needles, because it describes a specific disease. This helped to give insight into the effects that diseases spread by hypodermic needles can have on people, giving perspective into just how harmful they can really be. A question that can be produced from this could be “since most people who have Hepatitis C eventually have to get a liver transplant, how much does a liver transplant cost?”.

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