Watch: Marion Winik on the stigma of Hepatitis C, which could be fatal

Salon Talks: People at risk don’t want to be tested for Hepatitis C, Winik says, “because they feel it’s low-life”

By D. Watkins

Editor at Large

Published October 30, 2016 11:30PM (EDT)

Potential lovers search for all types of connections on first dates. Does she like the same movies as me, do we share a zodiac sign? And if not, are our signs compatible? As he a cat guy or a dog lover?

Anything and everything could lead to a lasting connection. But author, NPR contributor and University of Baltimore professor Marion Winik had an unconventional connection with her last love interest — they were both recently cured of Hepatitis C.

Salon caught up with Winik to talk love, relationships and advancements in medicine, and why you should get tested for Hep C and cured as quickly as possible. Watch the interview.

By D. Watkins

D. Watkins is an Editor at Large for Salon. He is also a professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. Watkins is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoirs “The Beast Side: Living  (and Dying) While Black in America” and "The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir," as well as "We Speak For Ourselves: How Woke Culture Prohibits Progress." His new book, "Black Boy Smile: A Memoir in Moments," is out now.

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