CDC Urges All Boomers Be Tested for Hepatitis C
May 23, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend all adults born between 1945 and 1965 get tested for hepatitis C (HCV), believing this demographic makes up more than 75 percent of those currently living with the virus.
According to CBS.com, experts believe that hundreds of thousands of HCV infections in the U.S. happened during the 1970s and '80s, and that many adults infected with HCV have unknowingly lived with the disease for years because they were never tested for it.
HCV attacks the liver and can lead to chronic cirrhosis, liver cancer and death. The virus is most commonly transmitted by sharing needles or having unprotected sex with someone who has HCV. More than 15,000 deaths each year are attributed to hepatitis C-related complications, which is more than AIDS-related deaths.
HCV is also a serious issue in the AIDS community. It's estimated that 25 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS are also coinfected with HCV.
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