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Ask a Doc: Could I have Hepatitis C?

The majority of people who have Hepatitis C do not know they are infected.

Question: My doctor wants me to get tested for Hepatitis C. I feel fine — why do I need to do this?

Answer: Up to 75 percent of Americans who have Hepatitis C do not know they are infected with this virus that can lead to liver cancer, cirrhosis and other fatal liver diseases.

Across the country, the rate of Hepatitis C infection is on the rise: the number has nearly tripled within a five-year period. It’s now at a 15-year high.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all Baby Boomers (people born from 1945 to 1965) get tested for the infection. Up to 5 percent of Baby Boomers have Hepatitis C compared to 1.5 percent in the general population.

In Arizona, Baby Boomers make up the largest number of reported Hepatitis C cases.

But it’s not just Baby Boomers who have Hepatitis C; the CDC just warned that they are seeing larger number of people who are 20 to 29 years old develop Hepatitis C because of higher use of injection drugs in the opioid epidemic.

In my own practice, I have seen many people from different walks of life be diagnosed with Hepatitis C.

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