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Hepatitis C : why baby boomers should get tested
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    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

    Updated 2015

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