Written for Mediaplanet’s campaign on infectious diseases and liver illness.

Published online and in print inside the National Post on September 17, 2015. 

Sharon Rider was first diagnosed with hepatitis C when she was 39 years old – more than two decades after she had been infected.

“I didn’t have any clue at all that I was carrying a virus,” she says.

In Canada, an estimated 250,000 people have hepatitis C, a virus that attacks the liver and is transmitted through contact with infected blood. Many patients, like Rider, may be infected for years but show no signs of the disease.

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