Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
November 20, 2017, 11:54:31 PM

Login with username, password and session length

  • Total Members: 31857
  • Latest: esm
  • Total Posts: 722567
  • Total Topics: 58719
  • Online Today: 351
  • Online Ever: 1421
  • (August 13, 2016, 05:18:44 AM)
Users Online


Welcome to the POZ Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Author Topic: HEP C On Rise In Louisville and State; Heroin Blamed  (Read 1034 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline tednlou2

  • Member
  • Posts: 5,731
HEP C On Rise In Louisville and State; Heroin Blamed
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:24:55 PM »
We have been hearing how heroin use has skyrocketed here, and I'm sure this is the case in many cities and towns.  There seems to be a nightly report of a heroin drug arrest or raid.  Many blame prescription narcotics getting harder to obtain.  I feared we would start seeing a rise in Hep C and HIV.  I was saddened to see this is apparently coming to fruition-- well, at least for Hep C and affecting a much younger demographic.  I can only assume there will also be an increase in HIV cases.

This article doesn't give any hard numbers here locally.  However, they do say Kentucky has the most Hep C cases of any state, according to the CDC.  Prescription drug abuse is also very high here.  In all those stories about Florida's drug-mills, they always pointed out license plates from KY.  And, Florida is making it harder to get them.  So, many turn to heroin, as it is cheaper and getting easier to get.

I'm not sure if that means new cases or total.  It is hard for me to believe total cases in the whole country, as we only have about 4 million citizens.  I will have to do my own research.  I would think they could have easily found stats on the number of infections, so I will have to look into that.  I do know I hear several stories of someone's brother, sister, mother, etc using heroin now, which was something I never heard in years past.  Before, it was meth or other drugs.  I know about 10 people, who have a loved one currently using, in jail, or in an addiction center.  I hope officials get on this and try to do something.  Free, clean needles would be the first place to start, I think.  And, switching our priorities from spending millions on jails and prison to spending that on prevention and addiction.


Offline WillyWump

  • Member
  • Posts: 7,367
Re: HEP C On Rise In Louisville and State; Heroin Blamed
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2013, 06:51:20 PM »
kinda OT but we are in the midst of a Syphillis outbreak here in SA, jsut plain old whoring around is blamed.

Whats heartbreaking is that a lot of babies are being born with active Syphillis , some are handicapped or deformed :(

You would think in this day and age babies wouldn't be born with Syph, but alot of women here do not receive prenatal care and are unaware they are infected.
« Last Edit: November 22, 2013, 06:54:21 PM by WillyWump »
POZ since '08

Last Labs-
11-6-14 CD4- 871, UD
6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%

Current Meds: Prezista/Epzicom/ Norvir


Terms of Membership for these forums

© 2017 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.