Former San Diego Chargers place kicker Rolf Benirschke might be better known for his public struggle with colitis. But the longtime NFL player has also battled hepatitis C infection, which he most likely caught from blood transfusions during earlier illnesses, according to an interview with San Diego Magazine in 2006. After three rounds of treatment, Benirschke finally got the all-clear, letting him know the hep C was gone, easing his concerns about his wife and four kids. “They were also at risk of infection, say, if they borrow your razor or even use your toothbrush — anything that can pass that blood,” he confided in an interview with San Diego Magazine. “To have that threat removed was incredible,” he said.
Humor Columnist Gene Weingarten
Syndicated humor columnist and author Gene Weingarten, author of the Below the Beltway column for The Washington Post Magazine and Pulitzer Prize winner for feature writing, also contracted hepatitis C. In a radio interview on WAMU 88.5 in 2010, Weingarten recalled casual, weekend heroin use as a teen that could have led to his hep C infection. “It was a very bad way to live, and it almost killed me,” he said in the interview. “I wound up getting hepatitis C, which I didn’t discover until 25 years later.” Many people may not remember occasions which could have put them at risk, another reason to get tested.