Learn More About Greg Allman's "Tune in To Hep C" Initiative
Mon, 24 Oct 2011 14:11:57
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Approximately 3.2 million Americans have chronic hepatitis C virus infection, a potentially serious disease that can damage the liver over time and lead to cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease and liver cancer. Many people infected with chronic hepatitis C do not know that they have the virus; approximately 70 to 80 percent of people newly infected with the virus do not have symptoms.
In an effort to turn up the volume around chronic hepatitis C, Merck has joined forces with the American Liver Foundation and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman to form Tune in to Hep C. Tune in to Hep C is a national public health initiative that highlights the experiences of famous musicians with chronic hepatitis C and helps educate people about chronic hepatitis C infection and the importance of taking action. The campaign was founded because – although chronic hepatitis C care is advancing – public understanding of the disease isn't moving at nearly the same pace.
As part of Tune in to Hep C, Gregg Allman is sharing his story in a new Public Service Announcement. This June marked the one year anniversary of Allman's liver transplant, which he received after his liver had become damaged from chronic hepatitis C infection. Allman has returned to performing and recording music and hopes to raise awareness of the disease as well encourage people with chronic hepatitis C to take the next step by talking to their doctor or healthcare provider about their options.
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What are you going to do to educate yourself and others on Hep C?