I’m a baby boomer! It doesn’t matter how many times I wish I was a millennial (born in the 1980’s – around 2000), it’s not happening. I recently learned that Hepatitis C and Baby Boomers have something in common. What’s a baby boomer? It’s a term used for people born between the years 1945 and 1965. I barely slipped in, but I’m so there. Did you know that while anyone can get Hepatitis C, more than 75% of adults infected are baby boomers?
The majority of baby boomers don’t know much about Hepatitis C – how it’s contracted, symptoms or risk factors.
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. It’s the perfect time to get the word out and drive awareness and action among boomers. Getting tested can help people learn if they are infected and get them into lifesaving care and treatment.
Here are a Few More Facts about Hepatitis C and Baby Boomers
- Baby boomers are 5X more likely to have Hepatitis C.
- 3 to 5 million baby boomers have Hepatitis C, yet most don’t even know it.
- Liver disease, liver cancer and deaths from Hepatitis C are on the rise.
- Getting tested can help people learn if they are infected and get them into lifesaving care and treatment.
- Many people can live with Hepatitis C for decades with no symptoms.
- Hepatitis C is a silent disease.
Many baby boomers could have gotten infected from contaminated blood and blood products before widespread screening of the blood supply in 1992 and universal precautions were adopted.
Ask your doctor about getting tested for HepC!
You can learn more about World Hepatitis Week, take a quiz and download the patient brochure by clicking here. Please watch the video and share this message with the baby boomers in your life. Together, we can make a difference.
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