Even though there is a cure for hepatitis C, a silent and potentially deadly chronic liver disease, it continues to be a serious health issue. Hepatitis C affects 3 to 5 million Americans — five times the number of people with HIV. It is the leading cause of liver failure, liver cancer, and the need for a liver transplant.

More people die from hepatitis C than from HIV in the US each year. Although baby boomers represent more than 80 percent of current infections, most new cases of hepatitis C occur among young adults experimenting with drugs or piercing and tattooing with unsterile equipment.

“Because most counselors have had their lives touched in one way or another by hepatitis C, they understand the challenges you face.”

Finding care

Hepatitis C is diagnosed with a simple blood test. You may think you have been tested, but chances are you haven’t. If you have questions, you can get information and assistance from a hepatitis C hotline. The call and information are free.

Because most counselors have had their lives touched in one way or another by hepatitis C, they understand the challenges you face. Special training and experience as peer counselors enables them to help you in ways you may not have even considered. A counselor can refer you to doctors, free testing, a support group, financial help and much more.