First Annual Hep C Aware Concert Raises Awareness at Liquid Lounge

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hepc_awarenessOn May 30, HepCAware.org will present their first annual Hepatitis C Awareness free community event at Liquid Lounge in Long Beach.

There will be a full day of live music from local groups, musicians affected by Hepatitis C and Hep C advocates. Confirmed performances so far come from the father of the Long Beach blues scene, Bernie Pearl; local favorites Holly Light, Patsy Grind, Michelle Mangione and Mister B, New Orleans bluesman Scott Detweiler, So Cal Blues Challenge winner Phil Gates, Evonne Rivera and Kelly’s Lot, fronted by HepCAware.org founder Kelly Z.

Kelly’s Lot is the National Spokesband for the Hep C Awareness campaign, taking Kelly’s message of entertainment and enlightenment to audiences across the country and across the Atlantic. More artist announcements are expected as the date nears.

In addition to the free concert, there will also be free screening and antibody testing available from 1-6pm. This event remembers those who have lost the battle with Hepatitis C and those who are struggling to survive. Increased awareness will lead to more intense research on curing the disease and also help those infected learn how to best live with Hep C. Through the years, Hepatitis C has infected the lives of millions of Americans including Naomi Judd, Natalie Cole, Steven Tyler, Pamela Anderson and Mickey Mantle. Money raised from raffle donations at the event goes directly to materials that are distributed all over the USA including Long Beach.

There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C. It is a virus that attacks the liver and is spread by blood-to-blood contact. Although 1 in 50 Americans have the disease, 2 out of 3 do not know it. Persons who most at risk include those who have received blood, blood products or an organ transplant prior to 1992; those who have been involved with drug abuse (either injecting or snorting); those who have been patients of dialysis, those who have been tattooed or pierced, shared personal care items, been incarcerated or have been a war veteran (especially Vietnam).

About Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a systemic, blood-borne virus that primarily attacks the liver. One in 50 Americans have Hepatitis C, yet 2 out of 3 of those infected do not know they have the virus. There is currently no vaccine available to prevent Hepatitis C.

You may have been exposed to Hepatitis C and should get tested if you have:

  • received blood, blood products, or an organ transplant prior to 1992
  • ever shared drug paraphernalia, either by injecting or snorting
  • ever been stuck by a used blood needle
  • been on kidney dialysis
  • had a tattoo or body piercing
  • had sexual activity that involves contact with blood
  • shared personal care items (razors, toothbrushes, hair clippers, etc.) with other people
  • been incarcerated
  • are a war veteran (especially Vietnam)

The Hepatitis C Awareness free community event is open to the public. Musical performances by Kelly’s Lot, Scott Detweiler, Corday, Michelle Mangione and Bernie Pearl. (More acts are expected to be announced shortly.) There will be free Hepatitis testing. For more information call (310) 377-2527.

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