is Black History Month, a time to commemorate the achievements of
African Americans in the United States. It also presents an opportunity
to discuss serious health concerns that affect the African American
community, including viral hepatitis and especially Hepatitis C.
The most common type of viral hepatitis is Hepatitis C,
with an estimated 3.2 million persons in the United States living with
the disease. However, many are unaware of their infection since people
with Hepatitis C often do not have symptoms and can live for decades
without feeling sick. The longer people live undiagnosed and untreated
for Hepatitis C, the more likely they are to develop serious,
life-threatening liver disease.