Why should baby boomers get tested for
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 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
• 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
that anyone born
from 1945 through
1965 get tested for
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