To bring awareness to this significant health issue facing American veterans, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs along with the MN Department of Health, United States Department of Veteran Affairs and the American Liver Foundation have produced an informational DVD for veterans about Hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C is a disease that affects the liver. According to published studies, it has been estimated that about 5.5 million people in the US have Hepatitis C. Since hepatitis C does not often cause symptoms early on, most people do not know they are infected, even 20 or 30 years later. Left untreated this disease can be fatal.
Veterans, especially those who served in the Vietnam war have higher rates of Hepatitis C than the general population. It is our hope that veterans in Minnesota will see this DVD and talk with their healthcare provider about their risk and about getting tested.
Knowledge is Power. Get tested for Hepatitis C!
Do it for you and do it for your family!
If you are a veteran and would like more information regarding this health issue contact your local veterans affairs clinic, your healthcare provider or your County Veterans Service Officer.