Know More Hepatitis

More than 75% of adults with Hepatitis C are baby boomers. Most of them don’t know they are infected.

Baby boomers, individuals born between 1945 and 1965, are five times more likely to be infected with Hepatitis C. The reason for this is not completely understood, but most boomers are believed to have become infected in the 1970s and 80s when rates of Hepatitis C were the highest. Hepatitis C often has no symptoms, so it is possible to live with an infection for many years without feeling sick.

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus. It can cause serious health problems including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even death. Hepatitis C is one of the leading causes of liver cancer and the leading cause of liver transplants. A blood test can determine if a person is infected with Hepatitis C, and the infection can be treated successfully with medications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends anyone born from 1945-1965 get tested for Hepatitis C.

For more information on Hepatitis C, testing, and treatment, click here for a printable fact sheet or visit www.cdc.gov/knowmorehepatitis.