Natalie Cole to Meet With Hep C Advocates in Washington, D.C.
Fri, 23 Sep 2011 17:50:02
Singer Natalie Cole, who was diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C in 2008, will meet with leading patient advocates in Washington, D.C., and discuss the Tune In to Hep C national public health initiative, sponsored by Merck and the American Liver Foundation, at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon, Wednesday, Oct. 19.
"There is a stigma around chronic hepatitis C because it's associated with IV drug use. But it doesn't matter how you got the virus, it matters what you do about it," Natalie Cole said in a statement. "That's why I've joined the Tune In to Hep C campaign to share my story and motivate people to take the next step by speaking to their doctor. Doing nothing is not an option."
Ms. Cole, who realized she'd been living with the virus for more than 25 years after being diagnosed during a routine examination, will call to elevate the public discussion around chronic hepatitis C and encourage others to take action. Hepatitis C is a liver disease often referred to as the "silent disease" because it can be in the body for decades without apparent symptoms. An estimated 3.2 million Americans have hepatitis C though many are unaware they have it.
Kudos to Natalie Cole for drawing attention to and educating people about Hep C.
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