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BABY BOOMERS HAS HEP C, AND MOST DON’T EVEN KNOW IT.

Hepatitis C (Hep C) is a serious, blood-borne disease that has been under the radar. It’s not talked about much, so even though it affects millions, many people don’t know about it. It’s almost been forgotten. People live with it for years or even decades with no symptoms, while Hep C slowly damages their liver. By the time symptoms do appear, liver damage is often advanced. Left untreated, Hep C can cause liver damage, liver cancer, and even death.

That’s why it’s important to get tested, so you can know for sure. And if you have Hep C, it can be cured.

REASONS TO
GET TESTED

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
recommends that all Baby Boomers (born 1945–1965)
get tested for Hep C.

WHY?

  • ~3.5 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE US HAVE HEP C. ABOUT HALF DON’T KNOW THEY HAVE IT

  • HEP C ISN’T PART OF ROUTINE BLOOD WORK

  • PEOPLE BORN 1945–1965 ARE 5 TIMES MORE LIKELY THAN OTHER AGE GROUPS TO HAVE HEP C

  • EACH YEAR, MORE PEOPLE DIE FROM HEP C THAN HIV

  • MANY BABY BOOMERS HAVE BEEN INFECTED FOR 20 YEARS OR MORE, YET HAVE NO SYMPTOMS

  • GET TESTED TO KNOW FOR SURE. IF YOU HAVE HEP C, IT CAN BE CURED

WHY BOOMERS?


There are many reasons why Baby Boomers are at higher risk for Hep C:

  • According to the CDC, many Boomers were infected in the ’70s and ’80s when infection control standards were not what they are today.
  • The Hep C virus wasn’t discovered until 1989.
  • Donated blood was not screened for Hep C until 1992.
  • It can take years—even decades—for symptoms of Hep C to appear, so Baby Boomers may only be showing symptoms now.

HOW PEOPLE GET HEP C

The Hep C virus can be transmitted by small amounts of blood and can live outside the body for up to 3 weeks. There are many ways people can get Hep C, for example:

  • Blood transfusions, organ donations, or blood products before 1992

  • Unsterilized tools at tattoo parlors

  • Past recreational drug use,
    even if just once

  • Less commonly, sharing personal items that have infected blood,
    such as shaving razors or toothbrushes

HEP C CAN BE CURED

Recent scientific advances have made today’s treatments for Hep C shorter and more effective, with cure rates of around 95%.

“It was a moment of speechlessness.” Michael W., Los Angeles, CA
Cured 2015

You are considered cured when a lab test done 3 months after you’ve completed treatment does not find any Hep C virus in your blood.



ASK FOR THE HEP C TEST BY NAME

The Hep C test is a simple, one-time blood test, but it’s not part of routine blood work.

It’s covered by most private health insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare plans.

Here’s a simple guide to help you remember to ask
for the Hep C test
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The only way to know for sure if
you have Hep C is to get tested.

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