Hepatitis C is at the highest prevalence in Baby Boomers.
Hepatitis C affects about four million Americans.Three-quarters of them are baby boomers according to the C.D.C.
Hep. C is a silent infection, and doctors said getting tested early is critical.
The C.D.C. recommends that everyone born between 1945 and 1965 be tested for Hepatitis C.
The problem with the infection is that some people aren’t aware they have it, and often at times they don’t show any symptoms.
Hepatitis C infection is a silent infection until it gets so bad that your liver fails and you have evidence of cirrhosis,” said Arnando Paez, an endocrinologist at Baystate Hospital.
Hepatitis C is spread through infected blood. Doctors said baby boomers are at such high risk because blood wasn’t regularly tested for the virus until the 1990s.
“Hepatitis C screening was not available until 1992 when sharing of needles and receiving of blood products which were potentially infected with Hepatitis C cold have been transmitted to other people,” said Paez.
Hepatitis C can also be transmitted through I-V drug use, unprotected sex, unsterilized piercings or tattoos.
The infection can be found through a simple blood test.
“The recommendation is to have at least one time screening if you were born between 1945 and 1965 so we can treat you,” said Paez.
Hepatitis C is curable, all thanks to new medications that made the market in the last three years.
“This is a good time to really treat those patients because there are oral agents for treatment which are very tolerable. Compared to in the past that really had a lot of side effects,” said Paez.
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