Gregg Allman and David Bowie both died at age 69. Allman died of complications from the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Bowie’s death was attributed to liver cancer. One of the main causes of liver cancer is HCV. Bowie, always candid about his drug use, said it nearly killed him. But there’s a stigma associated with HCV. When Bowie’s friend and collaborator Lou Reed died in 2013, his death was blamed on liver cancer, too. Reed had HCV.
Boomers, and anyone who shared needles, even just one time, are in the highest risk group. The CDC estimates that 3.2 million in the U.S. have HCV, the silent killer you may not know you have. It lies in wait—slowly, methodically destroying your liver. But, if caught in time, new drugs can kill the virus. So what’s the problem? The cure comes with an impossible price tag.
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