MORRISONVILLE, N.Y. –
Hepatitis C is most commonly spread through injection drug use today. But during the Vietnam War era, veterans may have been unknowingly exposed in other ways. Now there’s a push to get them tested.
When Danny Kaifetz served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, he says he was told that his life expectancy was a mere 38 days in combat. But he survived, and decades later faced another scare after being diagnosed with Hepatitis C. He was given two years to live.
“I was determined I wasn’t a candidate for treatment, or for liver transplant. At that time there really wasn’t an effective cure. Very low rate of treatment success,” Kaifetz said.