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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.

Baby boomers are five times more likely to have HCV than other adults. Many of those with the blood-borne virus do not know they are infected, because symptoms can take decades to emerge. HCV, which can gradually scar the liver and lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer, is the leading cause of liver transplants.

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