Hepatitis C Killing More Than AIDS

AIDS has been killing about 2 million people a year since the 1980's. AIDS and HIV affect about 40 million worldwide, about 2 million in the USA.

Fully 1 in 33 baby boomers have the Hepatitis C virus and most are unaware they're infected.

If you had a blood transfusion before 1990 you are at a higher risk.  The ugly danger of Hepatitis C is that your liver becomes irrevocably damaged by the time symptoms appear.

Dr. Robert Bettiker, at Temple University School of Medicine, says look for “pain in the right upper quadrant (of your abdomen) that goes on for days or months. Your eyes might turn yellow, you might start bleeding a lot if you get a cut, and the veins in your esophagus can get really big and can rupture.”

Hepatitis C is easier to get and is transmitted like HIV via blood contact.   The virus can ride on a shared toothbrush, a barber's  razor, and on manicure tools.   Both IV drug users, and anal sex practitioners are at the same risk for both HIV and Hepatitis C.

Remember, this is a liver killing virus.  Little to zero can really be done once you're infected.

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