Hepatitis C infects an estimated five million Americans, nearly
20-thousand Rhode Islanders among them. And most of them don’t know it.
But many are about to find out. It takes about 20 years for most people
to notice any symptoms from hepatitis C, and it was about that long ago
most people got infected. Now doctors in Rhode Island and throughout the
country are noticing a wave of patients with the kind of advanced liver
disease hepatitis C can cause.
part of our series “At the Crossroads: Hepatitis C On The Rise And The
Fight To Stop It,” we check in on the race to find infections before
it’s too late.