Aerosmith rocker and former American Idol judge Steven Tyler found out he had hep C in 2003. “I’ve had hepatitis for a long time — asymptomatic,” he said in a Today show interview in 2006. After 11 months of treatment while the band wasn’t touring, Tyler was cured of his hepatitis C infection. Since then, he's encouraged people to seek screening and treatment. “It’s one of those things people don’t talk about, but it is treatable,” he emphasized in the 2006 interview. Seeking treatment is important, because though few realize it, hep C now kills more people each year than HIV in the United States.
Musician David Crosby
In 1994, David Crosby, of the band Crosby, Stills, and Nash, learned he had hepatitis C. He was sober at that point in his life, but his early years of IV drug use may have contributed to his hepatitis C infection. “You’re down to 20 percent on your liver function now, and you’re going to die if we don’t get you a transplant,” he recalled his doctor saying, re-telling that moment in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning in 2008. He worried that he would die before seeing his youngest son grow up, but he got a transplant and evaded that fear. Liver transplants are necessary for people with hep C whose infection has damaged their liver so severely that it can no longer function.