University gets $15M grant to help end spread of hepatitis C

October 19, 2018 GMT

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — A University of Kentucky project aimed at ridding Perry County of hepatitis C has received a $15 million federal grant, and $50 million in donated drug treatments that can cure the disease.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Thursday that the grant will include more support for the county’s needle exchange program and access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder through Behavioral Health Group, a local treatment center. It will also pay for case management, such as help with housing or unemployment.


Hepatitis C causes liver cancer and is spread by contact with contaminated blood. Cases have increased in rural communities where injected drug abuse is prevalent.

The project’s lead researcher, Jennifer Havens, says the hope is to build a model for rural hepatitis C treatment that can be used nationwide.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,