Understanding Hepatitis C
What Baby Boomers Need to Know
Hepatitis C (Hep C) is a virus that infects the liver and is spread by contaminated blood. Those infected with Hep C often show no symptoms. Baby Boomers (born between 1945 and 1965) are five times more likely than other age groups to have Hep C, and most don’t even know they have it.
If left untreated, Hep C can cause liver damage and even lead to liver cancer. In fact, more Americans die from Hep C than from HIV.
But there is good news. If you have Hep C, it can be cured.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all Baby Boomers get tested for Hep C. Your doctor can perform a simple test to determine if you have Hep C.
Common Risk Factors
Let your doctor know if any of these apply to you:
- Baby Boomer (born 1945-1965)
- Recipient of blood transfusions, organ transplant or kidney dialysis before 1992
- Received tattoos or body piercings with unsterilized instruments
- Shared needles or straws for recreational drug use (even just one time)
- Accidental needle sticks (most common in healthcare professionals)
- Vietnam-era veteran
- Born to a mother with Hep C
Talk to your doctor today.