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13 NOVEMBER 2017

News From the American Liver Foundation

11/10/17

As the nation pauses this weekend to honor our veterans, we at the American Liver Foundation are concerned with veterans’ health.  As we know well, chronic HCV infection is the most common blood-borne disease in the United States, affecting approximately 3.5 million people.   It is spread through contact with infected blood and can cause serious liver problems, including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and liver cancer.  Chronic HCV slowly damages the liver, often without showing symptoms.  In many cases, the infection is not recognized until problems with the liver have already developed.

Veterans are three times more likely to have chronic HCV infection than the general population.  The risk is highest for veterans born between 1945 and 1965, who are five times more likely than other veterans to have chronic HCV infection.  In addition to age and veteran status, other risk factors for chronic HCV infection include having undergone a transfusion with blood or blood products before 1992, having injected drugs, having gotten body piercings or tattoos, or being infected with HIV.

Despite their increased risk for chronic hepatitis C virus infection, too many veterans remain undiagnosed.  We are proud to collaborate with Merck on an important initiative, which we believe will help many veterans better understand their risk, as well as their options for getting tested and linked to care.

Through the initiative, educational events will initially be held in Boston, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Diego.  Educators from the American Liver Foundation will speak with veterans about their potential risk factors for chronic HCV infection and provide tips and resources for those who are at-risk or living with the disease

“At Merck, we are deeply grateful for the service and sacrifices that veterans have made for our country,” said John Schwind, executive director, Merck. “We will continue working on behalf of veterans through initiatives such as this, as well as through our broader commitment to hiring veterans and providing resources to support employees transitioning to civilian life.”

 

Sincerely,

Tom Nealon
CEO
American Liver Foundation


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    Mylene

    May 14, 2020 at 12:27 pm ·

    Hi,
    First time i see this site and i watch the vedio that encourage me to as a help because my nephew he has a same disease, Him name is Noah from philippines,he is 1month and 47days old he is on under treatment but sad is doctor in the philippines is no way to do liver transplant.my nephew is suffering of desease him stomach comes bigger and hall body and cannot breath. Only oxygen and hoose from lungs the way to stay him.
    We need an advice and we need to survive our angel baby Noah.
    Hoping someone can help us we are also less of financial needs of Noah.
    Maybe you can help us.

    Baby name Noah Nabos
    Mother name Joan Abache
    Father name Noel Nabos
    Contact number #639096266663

    Thank you waiting your response
    Mylene


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