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Veterans learn about Hepatitis C in town hall meeting

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Local veterans took part in a town hall meeting on Saturday on Hepatitis C and its effect on themselves and their spouses.  The meeting was held at Lawton-Fort Sill Veterans Center.

Vietnam Veteran Aaron Boone said knows all about the infection Hepatitis C.

It's is caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation.

"We can get it and get cured,” said Boone.

He said it wasn't too long ago when he realized he had the infection.

"It was real painful,” said Boone. “But I've lived with it. I don't know when I'm going to have an attack again or what."

Studies show one in ten Vietnam Veterans has Hepatitis C and many don't know it.

Organizer of the event Gary Secor said the event provided Veterans like Boone the chance to learn more about the infection.

“Just to get an education,” said Secor. “I see more ads on television about hepatitis C and people sit and look at the ads on television and don't know nothing about it and honestly until I started doing research on this back in January I didn't know half this stuff."

He said his hope is that those who participated in the event got the information they needed and will pass it along to others.

"If you don't get it cured if you don't find out you can end up with liver cancer,” said Secor. “You can end up with problems with your urinary tract and it could be deadly."

Boone said after talking to his doctor he knew he had to make a change in his lifestyle.

“They said it was alcohol that could have been involved,” said Boone. “So, I've laid off everything they said could have been possible to make it come back sooner than anything else or last longer or really breaks down."

Now, he encourages all Veterans to go to their doctor and pay attention to any symptoms they may have.

"If you've ever been overseas, drunk the bath water, blood transfusions or anything of that nature,” said Boone. “Then everybody should have that test.

If you suspect you might have Hepatitis C contact your doctor immediately.

For more information on what they discussed at the meeting, you can visit the Veterans Commission office at 104 B Ave in Lawton.

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