The legendary rock and roll star Gregg Allman — one of Rolling Stone magazine's “Top 100 Singers” — discovered he had hep C in 1999. But instead of seeking treatment at the time, he waited. “That cost me my liver,” he later told Men’s Health in an interview. In 2010, Allman got a new liver transplant, and has since teamed up with the American Liver Foundation and Merck to raise awareness of hepatitis C infection, screening, and treatment. Currently, close to half of those with hepatitis C can be cured. However, Jacobson pointed out that newer therapies and those in development lead to much higher cure rates. Whether you should wait or treat depends in part on the current damage to your liver from hepatitis C infection — something to discuss with your physician.
Singer Naomi Judd
Ashley and Wynonna's mom, Naomi Judd, learned that she had hep C in 1990, contracted from a needle stick during her work as a nurse, according to an interview with the Savannah Morning News in 2003. At that time, her doctors told her she had just three years to live. But by 1998, Judd reported that her hepatitis C was in remission. She continues to raise money for hep C research and to speak out on the importance of remaining hopeful in the face of a serious infection. “Cling to hope, because it’s going to help you cope,” Judd told Oprah Winfrey in 1998, on the Oprah Show. Indeed, the pace of research is such that treatments available today are far more effective than those of the 1990s, when Judd was diagnosed. People with hepatitis C can look forward to even more effective antiviral treatments in the years to come.