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Hepatitis C Prevalence & Risk

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Are you at risk for hepatitis C?
Air Date: 6/2/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Tom Nealon, American Liver Foundation CEO

Tom NealonThomas F. Nealon, III is CEO of the American Liver Foundation (ALF), the country’s leading advocacy organization and resource for patients and families living with liver disease, a position he has held since 2015. He has served on the ALF Board since 2009 and was elected Chair of the National Board of Directors and Executive Committee in 2012. He is also Vice Chairman and Director of Legal Affairs for LNR Partners, LLC, the largest special servicer in the commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) industry. Tom is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Georgetown University Law Center and an Adjunct Professor at the University Of Miami School Of Law.

Hepatitis C Prevalence & Risk
Hepatitis C is a blood infection that arises from tainted blood supply. It has virtually no symptoms until it is late-stage. 

It could also be spread by dental equipment and ear piercing equipment from past years. Sharing razors, toothbrushes and nail clippers can also transmit the disease.

Get tested if you were born between 1945 and 1965. Most insurers will pay for a one-time test for baby boomers. Your primary care provider can administer a blood test.

Treatment is typically one to two pills per day, which is roughly $1 per pill. It takes eight to twelve weeks for treatment. There is some difficulty with insurance covering this expense, even though it can prevent worsened liver conditions.

Listen in as Tom Nealon of the American Liver Foundation discusses hepatitis C prevalence and risk.
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