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Click here to make HCVets your homepage Educational Website & Support Forums are provided by past and present members of the United States Military with Hepatitis C (HCV) to assist with awareness to the Hep C virus exposure methods during military service.

The VA Testimony before the Subcommittee on Benefits Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, April 13, 2000, Gary A. Roselle, M. D., Program Director for Infectious Diseases, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, state, "One in 10 US Veterans are infected with HCV", a rate 5 times greater than the 1.8% infection rate of the general population."

One in 5 of these Veterans are from the Vietnam era.

A study conducted in 1999, by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and involving 26,000 veterans shows that up to 10% of all veterans in the VHA system tested positive for hepatitis C.

Of the total number of persons who were hepatitis C antibody positive, and reported an era of service, 62.7% were noted to be from the Vietnam. The second most frequent group is listed as post-Vietnam at 18.2%, followed by 4.8% Korean conflict, 4.3% post-Korean conflict, 4.2% from WWII, and 2.7% Persian Gulf era veterans.

Why Active/Retired Military & Veterans Are
High Risk for Hepatitis C (HCV)

Pandora's Box

The Hepatitis C epidemic is discovering what was... In 1988, 242,000 Hepatitis C infections were reported annually. These high figures were reported from the 1960s and throughout 1980s, then declining after 1992 when another test developed detected 65% of positive patients. However, it wasn't until 2001 a test was able to detect 99.9% of positive results.

The following list are recognized service connected transmission methods for the Hepatitis C virus and other bloodborne pathogens. If a veteran applies for benefits and does not have "other" risk factors, or can prove service was a "greater risk" for infection with Hepatitis C, qualify for service connection.
VA Service Connected Transmission Methods for HCV Disease
Jet/Air Gun Injection
Mass immunization

Injection Equipment
Needles & Syringes
Multiuse Vials

Blood Products
Blood Transfusions
Blood/body Fluid
Tissue/bone Transplant
Donate Blood
Medical Procedures
Finger Pricks/Lancets
Dental Equipment
Reused Devices
Ear/Nose/Throat Scopes
Dental Procedures
Reused Vials
Health Worker Risks
Occupational Exposures 
Provider to Patient
Surgical Risk
Dead Bodies
Shared Personal Items
Body Modifications
Service Tattoos
History of Syringes

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Federal Institutions, like the Military Viral Rates, are not Included in the
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Estimates for the Number of People with HCV Disease

3.2 Million CDC General Public (11.5% served in the military during the Vietnam era)
2.7 Million Military Veterans (pre the War on Terror) VA Government Testimony
= Actual Numbers are Unknown

6 January 2009 CDC REVIEW
Nonhospital Health are–Associated Hepatitis B and C Virus Transmission: United States, 1998–2008 ...hepatitis C virus (HCV) from health care exposures... review of outbreak information revealed 33 outbreaks ...the putative mechanism of infection was patient-to-patient transmission through failure of health care personnel to adhere to fundamental principles of infection control and aseptic technique (for example, reuse of syringes or lancing devices)...recognized outbreaks indicate a wider and growing problem as health care is increasingly provided in outpatient settings in which infection control training and oversight may be inadequate.


Military Marine Corps Veteran, Corporal Gary Lupole, 61,   co-founder of, Educational Website . passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 2, 2012. His death was caused by cardiac arrest related to terminal liver cancer due to the hepatitis C virus that he contracted during his military service.

The Vietnam war has never ended for Gary, or for many Veterans and Retired Military members with service incurred disabilities like HCV disease. Please tell a friend that 1 in 5 Vietnam Vets have HCV disease.

Honor Gary's Memory... Tell a Friend!!