Hepatitis C routinely kills people. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 71 million people are infected with Hep C. Hep C attacks your liver, and that’s why: “approximately 399 000 people die each year from hepatitis C, mostly from cirrhosis [of the liver] and Hepatocellular Carcinoma [liver cancer].”
The seriousness of the disease cannot be underestimated, for example, in 2007: “Hep C patients died at a median age of 57. That’s 20 years shorter than the average US lifespan.”
Based on those facts, and so many more facts which demonstrate the dire consequences of Hepatitis C when left untreated, there is little wonder why the attorneys at Nexus Derechos Humanos filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of incarcerated human beings who have Hep C while under the care and custody of the Virginia Department of Corrections.