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ATLANTA -- All U.S. baby boomers should get a one-time test for the hepatitis C virus, according to final recommendations published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
One in 30 baby boomers has been infected with hepatitis C, and most don't know it. The baby boomer generation are those born from 1945 through 1965 who are currently between 47 and 67 years old.
Hepatitis C causes serious liver diseases, including liver cancer (the fastest-rising cause of cancer-related deaths) and is the leading cause of liver transplants in the United States.
Industry and community members of the CDC Foundation's Viral Hepatitis Action Coalition applaud CDC's efforts to protect people from hepatitis C through expanded testing. The Coalition is a public-private partnership developed by the CDC Foundation to help CDC make meaningful advances in the prevention, screening and treatment of viral hepatitis.
Members of the Coalition have also helped CDC launch Know More Hepatitis, CDC's multimedia campaign to educate healthcare providers and baby boomers about the new testing recommendations. As part of the campaign, CDC developed an online risk assessment tool to help people determine their risk for viral hepatitis. Know More Hepatitis posters, fact sheets, and digital media tools are available online.
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