All baby boomers should be screened for Hepatitis C.
The disease is often stigmatized as related to people who used IV drugs, but health officials say it’s a lot more than that.
Baby boomers are five times more likely to have Hepatitis C – and most don’t know it. The Centers for Disease Control now recommends all people born between 1945 and 1965 be screened for Hepatitis C.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner Cyndi Peterson of Cotton-O’Neil Infectious disease says Hep C is a virus that attacks the liver and causes inflammation. Untreated, it can cause permanent liver damage, necessitating a transplant, as well as damage to the heart and kidneys.
Three-quarters of the more than three million people living with Hep C are baby boomers, but most have gone undiagnosed.
“It’s commonly referred to as a silent killer because you won’t always have something specific that tells you this is Hep C,” Peterson said. “(The symptoms) can be pretty vague – abdominal pain, some have nausea, joint pain, increased fatigue.”
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