Baby Boomers listen up, have you gotten tested for hepatitis C? If not, here’s why you should:
First, baby boomers are 5 times more likely to have hep C.
3.2 million people in the US have this chronic infection, and the main culprits are needles and blood transfusions from their past.
Second, hep C can live for decades without symptoms.
That means you could have gotten infected in the 70s or 80s, and still don’t look or feel sick.
Third, the longer you have it, the more likely you’ll get a life threatening illness.
75 to 85% will develop a chronic infection.
And fourth, liver disease, liver cancer, and deaths are rising from hep C.
But treatments are now available that can cure hep C with less side effects, and prevent these problems from happening.
So Boomers, get yourselves tested, for some peace of mind. For WebMD, I’m Dr. Arefa Cassoobhoy.