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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Hepatitis C 

Hep C (HCV) is a chronic disease that can lead to liver failure and death. A friend of mine has it, and as a result, she is on medications which have thinned her hair, make her weak, and cause blood vessel rupture in her eye. She has also had a liver transplant, but of course that doesn't get rid of the virus.

HCV infection is on the rise, particularly among gay men in America, who seem to think that AIDS is over, and that AIDS is the only thing they can get from unsafe sex. And unlike Hepatitis A and B, there is no vaccine. Yet. But, the good news is that a new study shows hope of producing one. Yay.

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