Getting screened for Hepatitis C is very important.
Although there are vaccines to prevent Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, there is no vaccine to prevent Hepatitis C.
What is Hepatitis C and could you have it?
Hepatitis C is a serious infection of the liver and a leading cause of liver cancer. More and more people are people dying from liver cancer every year. Many of these people had Hepatitis C and did not know it.
Hepatitis C is more common than you think. Nearly 4 million people in the U.S. are infected with Hepatitis C. In Texas, around 400,000 people have this serious infection. Could this be you? People born between 1945 and 1965 (“baby boomers”) are five times more likely than other age groups to have Hepatitis C. Worse, most people with Hepatitis C do not know they have this infection because there are no obvious clues. This silent infection remains hidden in your body for years, even decades, without you knowing.
How do I know if I have Hepatitis C?
The only way to know for sure if you have Hepatitis C is to get your blood tested for it. In fact, medical experts recommend that ALL people born between 1945 and 1965 get tested for this silent infection. The bad news is that most people in this age group have NEVER had the test for Hepatitis C. The good news: you can easily get tested for this silent infection at your next doctor’s appointment.
If I have Hepatitis C, can I be cured?
Yes! There are medicines that can cure your Hepatitis C. These new medicines have few side effects, and you only need to take them for a couple of months. The sooner you get your blood tested for Hepatitis C, the sooner you can be treated. Treatment of Hepatitis C helps prevent liver cancer and other severe liver problems, such as cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and liver failure.
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