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Hepatitis C

A man holds a crack pipe. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

About The Bay: San Francisco Police Skeptical About Crack Pipe Giveaway Program

The crack epidemic is far from over, especially on the streets of San Francisco, and one group is trying to make it easier and safer for addicts to get their fix by giving away crack pipe kits.

05/27/2014

Lisa Moorish poses for photographs after getting tested for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C to promote getting tested ahead of World Hepatitis Day 2009 (19th May 2009) on the first ever GET TESTED! bus at Leicester Square on May 18, 2009 in London, England.  (Credit Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

Liver Virus Concerns Prompt Communities To Declare National Hepatitis Testing Day On Monday, May 19th

It’s a virus 100 times more infectious than HIV, that can live for a week outside the body on razors and toothbrushes, that destroys the liver through cirrhosis and cancer, and doctors and patients may not even realize it’s there until it kills the host, and infects others.

05/13/2014

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Foster City-Based Gilead’s Breakthrough Hepatitis Drug Costs $1,000 Per Pill

Doctors are calling a newly-approved drug a “ revolution” in treating the most common blood-borne infection in the United States. But patient advocates warn how those who need it may not be able to afford it; and noisy protests from Paris to San Francisco are trying to drive the displeasure over the price into the open.

02/18/2014

A man holds a crack pipe. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

Free Crack Pipe Advocates Plan SF Giveaway Despite City Opposition

Supporters of a plan to hand out clean crack pipes to San Francisco drug users say they’re not swayed by city opposition and plan to hand them out anyway.

01/28/2014

A volunteer disposes a used syringe of heroin. (Sutanta Aditya/AFP/Getty Images)

Santa Cruz Needle Exchange Program Draws Criticism

A controversial needle exchange program has Santa Cruz residents expressing outrage and frustration and has come under fire by those who say it needs better monitoring.

03/21/2013

San Francisco Creates Task Force To Reduce Hepatitis C Infections

A San Francisco task force charged with devising strategies for reducing Hepatitis C infections has recommended a drop-in center where drug users can obtain needles and shoot up.

CBS San Francisco–02/06/2011