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Vietnam Veteran: Baby boomers, vets need hepatitis C testing

A veteran is working to raise awareness about hepatitis C.

Now his mission is to share his story with others who also might be living with or at risk for hepatitis C so they know that help is available.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans are at three times greater risk of being infected with hepatitis C than the general population, with nearly one in 10 Vietnam-era veterans having the virus.

Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness that attacks the liver.

The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is usually spread when blood from a person infected enters the body of someone who is not infected.

Today, most people become infected with the virus by sharing needles. Before 1992, when widespread screening of blood supply began in the United States, Hepatitis C was also commonly spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants. Because of this, the baby boomer generation is also at risk.

Read full article: Vietnam Veteran: Baby boomers, vets need hepatitis C testing – Houston Chronicle

Read Full Article: Vietnam Veteran: Baby boomers, vets need hepatitis C testing – Houston Chronicle

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