Best known for her Baywatch beach babe appearance, actor Pamela Anderson has been quite open about getting hep C through a tattoo needle she shared with her ex-husband, rocker Tommy Lee, according to her re-telling of the incident in 2002 to Jane magazine. Although hepatitis C might be viewed as a sexually transmitted infection, it actually spreads more easily through blood-to-blood contact. Sharing needles used for tattooing, IV drug use, or anything else is one of the biggest risk factors for hepatitis C infection today.
Velvet Underground Musician Lou Reed
The infamous leader of the edgy rock band Velvet Underground, Lou Reed died in October 2013 at age 71 of complications from hepatitis C and liver disease, only months after receiving a liver transplant, according to Hepatitis C News. Reed is said to have contracted hep C through shared needles during his early years of injection drug use. Death might be the most profound fear for people with hep C infection, but with screening and current treatment strategies, the majority of patients can conquer hepatitis C.