Anderson To Raise Awareness Of Hepatitis

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December 19, 2010 | 7:15pm EST

Pamela Anderson is urging anyone who suspects they have hepatitis to get tested – because there is no reason to “feel embarrassed” about the condition.
The former Baywatch star was diagnosed with a strain of the liver disorder back in 2001 after contracting it through a shared tattoo needle.

Anderson controls the condition with medical help, and she wants to raise awareness to make sure other hepatitis victims don’t suffer in silence.

She tells Britain’s The People, “I’ve had liver biopsies. I get checked every single year, my doctor told me just keep doing what you’re doing. I also have the kind that’s easiest to control. There is no cure for it, so the important thing is to encourage people to get tested and not be ashamed. People get embarrassed as you get it from blood-to-blood contact, but it’s not just junkies who have it.”