December 23rd, 2013
This week, we have been checking out HCVets.com, an educational website and support forum for past and present members of the US Military who have the hepatitis C virus (HCV).
It’s estimated that one in 10 US veterans is infected with hep C, a rate 5 times higher than the general population. Half of those personnel served during the Vietnam era, when many were infected through mass immunization programs which used jet/air guns, needles and blood transfusions.
One feature that caught our eye was the downloadable voucher for an in-home hepatitis C test kit for the price of a ten-dollar donation. This makes good sense, given the CDC’s recent call for those born between 1945 and 1965 to be tested for hep C. Ten dollars is a small price to pay for peace of mind, or making sure that diagnosis and treatment begins as soon as possible.
With support forums, printable pamphlets and information on benefits, HCVets.com does a great job of providing easily accessible information for the brave men and women who serve in the United States armed forces.
Photo by Woody H1