CDC to Baby Boomers: Get Tested for Hepatitis C
August 17, 2012
All baby boomers should receive a one-time test for hepatitis C virus, according to final CDC recommendations announced on Thursday. About 3 percent of baby boomers -- those born from 1945 to 1965 -- are infected with HCV. Those who have not been screened should get the blood test during their next visit to the doctor, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC's director.
Testing baby boomers can help avert major increases of liver disease and deaths -- especially since two new drugs can cure many more people than older therapies. Of the estimated 3.2 million Americans with HCV, about two-thirds are baby boomers.
08.17.2012; Mike Stobbe
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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