CDC Recommends All Baby Boomer Be Tested For Hepatitis C

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending that all baby boomers get tested for Hepatitis C, stating that more than 75% of adults with Hepatitis C are baby boomers, and most don’t know they are infected.
Most boomers are believed to have become infected in the 1970s and 1980s when rates of Hepatitis C were the highest. Chronic Hepatitis C can go unnoticed for up to several decades, baby boomers could be living with an infection the contacted years ago.
Hepatitis C is spread through contact with blood from an infected person. Many baby boomers may have been infected from contaminated blood, and blood products before widespread screening of the blood supply and universal precautions were adopted in 1992. Others may have become infected from injecting drugs, even if only once in the past. Baby boomers are five times more likely to be infected with Hepatitis C than the general population

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