6 Things People With Hepatitis C Wish You Knew

You might know someone living with hepatitis C and not even realize it. 

Having a chronic hepatitis C infection can affect a person’s day-to-day life more than you may expect. Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne virus in the United States, with more than 3 million people infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But even with such high numbers, patients feel there’s a lot of misinformation about this infectious disease.

Here’s what people diagnosed with hepatitis C want you to know about their illness:

1. Hepatitis C is a serious disease. “You can’t put your head in the ground,” says Joe Benko, 64, an Army veteran from Allentown, Pennsylvania, who learned he had the virus while donating blood. “If you have hepatitis C, you have to be proactive and approach it. That’s the only way to get rid of it."


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