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Jon Secada joins Hepatitis C awareness campaign
  The Associated Press
MIAMI -- Three-time Grammy winner Jon Secada wishes his father Jose hadn't kept his Hepatitis C diagnosis a secret.
The Cuban-American sing-songwriter's father died last year from complications related to the virus and failed to get the help he needed in time. Hispanics make up an estimated one third of the 3.2 million Americans who suffer from Hep C, which can remain in the body for years and severely damage the liver. Yet there has long been a stigma around the illness, keeping people from talking about it because it can be contracted through needle exchange and sex.
Secada will lend his voice Thursday to a campaign to raise awareness among Hispanics about the disease. The American Liver Foundation and the pharmaceutical company Merc are sponsoring the campaign
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