Born between 1945 and 1965?
Here’s why you should get tested for Hepatitis C.
If you were born between 1945 and 1965—a “Baby Boomer”— you are 5 times more likely to have hepatitis C than other adults.
Most people with hepatitis C are not aware they are infected, as there may be no symptoms at all for many years. Left untreated, hepatitis C can cause liver damage, cirrhosis and even liver cancer.
Why am I at higher risk?
During the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, hepatitis C transmission was at its highest, possibly because modern infection control procedures had not yet been implemented throughout all healthcare systems. This has put baby boomers at a higher risk, which is why the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone born between 1945 and 1965 be tested.
How is it spread?
Hepatitis C infection is the result of contact with the blood of someone who has the disease. This could be from contact with another person, being injected with a contaminated needle, having received contaminated blood products prior to 1992, or coming into contact with other medical equipment.
The good news.
Treatments are now available that can cure hepatitis C, but the first step is to get tested to find out if you have the disease. Please call our office at 303-355-3525 to schedule your hepatitis C test today. Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver cancer and now the leading reason for liver transplants, so you do not want to put off this important test!