Hundreds Walk In Annual Hepatitis C Awareness Event
By: NY1 News
NY1: Hundreds Walk In Annual Hepatitis C Awareness Event
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Hundreds of New Yorkers walked from Battery Park to City Hall to raise awareness of Hepatitis C Thursday.
The Latino Organization for Liver Awareness held its fourth annual walk in Lower Manhattan to promote testing and treatment for the disease that affects one in every fifty New Yorkers.
"We want New Yorkers to know that testing is available and treatment is available. So this is really an awareness day," said Cathy Paykin of LOLA.
"This is a way of also showing the community that, you know what, Hepatitis C doesn't discriminate. It can affect anyone. A woman, a child, a teenager, a substance abuser or a doctor or a teacher. It's a universal, democratic virus,” said Debbie Vega of LOLA. “So I think that this gathering here today shows all faces of anyone who could be at risk."
The group says Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne infection in the country and the leading cause of liver transplants.