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Hepatitis C & Baby Boomers

Why should baby boomers get tested for 
Hepatitis C?

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.
• Treatments are available that can eliminate the virus from the body and prevent liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer

What should baby boomers know about 
Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. Some people who get infected with Hepatitis C are able to clear, or get rid of, the virus, but most people who get infected develop a chronic, or lifelong, infection. Over time, chronic Hepatitis C can cause serious health problems including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer and even death. In fact, Hepatitis C is a leading cause of 
liver cancer and the leading cause of liver transplants. 

People with Hepatitis C:
Often have no symptoms 
Can live with an infection for decades without 
feeling sick
Can be successfully treated with medications 

How would someone know they have Hepatitis C?

The only way to know if someone has Hepatitis C is to 
get tested. Doctors use a blood test, called a Hepatitis 
C Antibody Test, to find out if a person has ever been 
infected with Hepatitis C. The Hepatitis C Antibody Test looks for antibodies to the Hepatitis C virus. Antibodies are chemicals released into the bloodstream when someone gets infected. 


For more information, Talk to a health professional, call our health department at (518) 828-3358, or visit www.cdc.gov/knowmorehepatitis



Information from the CDC 




CDC recommends 
that anyone born 
from 1945 through 
1965 get tested for 
Hepatitis C.