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April 22, 2011

Please help us put a stop to hepatitis C and Liver Cancer. 100% of your donation goes to testing.  See more


Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is considered the most common blood-borne infection in the United States. There are approximately five million people infected with HCV, and 75% do not know it! It is estimated that 2/3 of those infected are “Baby-Boomers”, those born between 1945 and 1964. This group is largely untested and undiagnosed until the damage has progressed to cirrhosis or liver cancer. The CDC estimated that 12,000 people die each year from complications of HCV and that number is expected to triple over the next 10 years. End stage liver disease and cirrhosis are among the top 10 killers of Americans over 25 years old! The Institute of Medicine Report dated Jan 2010, recommended increased education to the general public, especially among members of specific at risk populations. HCV is spread by blood to blood contact of any form.
You are risk for HCV if you:
 Received blood or blood products prior to 1992?
 Ever shared drug paraphernalia, even once?
 Ever been stuck by a used blood needle?
 Been on kidney dialysis
 Had a tattoo or body piercing?
 Had sexual activity that involves contact with blood?
 Held a job that exposed you to blood?
 Shared personal care items (razors, toothbrushes
etc.) with others?
 Ever been incarcerated?
 Been in combat in the military?

The recommendations are there, but there is no funding available for testing and education at the state or federal level. A majority of individuals that become infected with HCV antibodies will have chronic disease and 20% of those are at risk for escalation to serious liver disease. Complicating the issue, it may be several decades after exposure to the virus before complications develop. This may result in patients not being alerted to the possibility of being infected as well as unknowingly transmitting the virus to others.

In fact, most people are uninformed or misinformed about the mode of transmission of HCV, the existence of pharmacological therapy for HCV infection, the risks of disease progression, ways to prevent this progression (especially abstaining from alcohol), and how to avoid contracting the virus if uninfected. What information they do have is often faulty or exaggerated, sometimes downplaying the seriousness of the infection, or portraying it as a frequently fatal disease.
The Missouri Hepatitis C Alliance is a nonprofit 501 (c) corporation and are raising money to provide testing for people who are at risk for HCV. For every $10.00 raised we can test 1 person. All donations are tax deductible and all help is greatly appreciated.


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