Hepatitis C survivor advocates for a life-saving medication for inmates

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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.

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Graner also says people serving their time are better off getting the medicine before they’re released with the chance of spreading it.