Pharos-Tribune

May 2, 2014

Indiana study focuses on new Hepatitis C screening


Pharos-Tribune

---- — INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana researchers are studying a new Hepatitis C screening to catch the disease before serious complications develop, such as liver failure or early death.

Indiana University and several Centerstone nonprofits announced Thursday that they'll be studying a behaviorally-based Hepatitis C screening procedure for the viral disease.

The IU School of Public Health in Bloomington is funding the initiative with a $14,000 grant.

The screening study is meant to help diagnose the disease before it progresses and causes cancer or other illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hepatitis C often is transmitted by sharing needles.

Carriers of the disease sometimes don't seek treatment until becoming ill, which might be too late. There are effective treatments for Hepatitis C if found early.