LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – July 28th is World Hepatitis Day. A Hepatitis C survivor wants to bring awareness to the disease by advocating for a life-saving medication for inmates. Last week, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the state Department of Corrections could ration giving out Hepatitis C treatment unless an inmate has already become infected with conditions worsening. Debra Graner is a former inmate and says this has become a human rights issue because these people could get sick without knowing.
“There’s a lot of situations where people don’t know and hadn’t been notified. Now we’re seeing folks with Hepatitis C incarcerated and in a controlled area where they could receive treatment. It breaks my heart there’s just no other word for it,” says Graner.
Graner also says people serving their time are better off getting the medicine before they’re released with the chance of spreading it.