Hepatitis C : why baby boomers should get tested
Corporate Authors:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Series:Know more hepatitis
Description:Why should baby boomers get tested for Hepatitis C? -- Why do baby boomers have such high rates of Hepatitis C? -- What should baby boomers know about Hepatitis C? -- How would someone know they have Hepatitis C? -- Hepatitis C antibody test results.
While anyone can get Hepatitis C, more than 75% of adults infected are baby boomers, people born from 1945 through 1965. Most people with Hepatitis C don’t know they are infected.
• Baby boomers are five times more likely to have Hepatitis C.
• Liver disease, liver cancer, and deaths from Hepatitis C are on the rise.
• The longer people live with Hepatitis C, the more likely they are to develop serious, life-threatening liver disease.
• Getting tested can help people learn if they are infected and get them into lifesaving care and treatment.
• For many people, treatments are available that can cure Hepatitis C and prevent liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer.
Publication No. 220401
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