Were you born from 1945 – 1965? People born during these years are 5x more likely to have hepatitis C. Yet most don’t know they’re infected because there are often no symptoms. Make an appointment today to get a blood test for hepatitis C, it could save your life.
- Of the estimated 3.2 million people chronically infected with hepatitis C in the U.S., approximately 75% were born during 1945-1965, or are baby boomers.
- National prevalence data show that people born during these years are five times more likely than other adults to be infected.
- Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and the leading cause of liver transplants; people born during 1945-1965 account for 73% of all hepatitis C- associated mortality.
In addition to testing adults of all ages at risk for hepatitis C infection, CDC recommends:
- Adults born during 1945–1965 should receive one-time testing for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) without prior ascertainment of HCV risk (Strong Recommendation, Moderate Quality of Evidence).
- Testing should be initiated with anti-HCV. A reactive result should be followed by nucleic acid test (NAT) for HCV RNA.
- All persons identified with HCV infection should receive a brief alcohol screening and intervention as clinically indicated, followed by referral to appropriate care and treatment services for HCV infection and related conditions (Strong Recommendation, Moderate Quality of Evidence).
Visit the CDC to learn more about Hepatitis C or call Southeast Gastro today to make an appointment.