Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the History of Hepatitis C?

Joanna Pangilinan, PharmD


September 16, 2014

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Prior to becoming a famous singer and songwriter, Naomi Judd was a registered nurse working in the intensive care unit. She suspects a needlestick caused her to become infected with HCV. She put a hold on her music career in 1991 and, after successful treatment, returned to music in 2000. Judd is a strong advocate for HCV awareness and screening and a proponent for safer needles and needlestick prevention in healthcare settings.[11]

Other celebrities, such as singers Gregg Allman,[12] Natalie Cole,[12] and Steven Tyler,[13] also have come forward to raise awareness, encourage screening, and address the stigma of hepatitis C. Some celebrities, like Jon Secada, have even come forward to raise awareness in honor of loved ones.[14]

Mickey Mantle passed away in 1995 from liver failure as a complication of liver cancer, HCV infection, and cirrhosis. His liver transplant, occurring only 48 hours after a request for a replacement liver, and death only 2 months later sparked heated debate about the ethics of transplantation.[15,16]


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