Facts About Hepatitis C and Baby Boomers

by Alli

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. Facts about HepC 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?

Hep C Info

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.

Hep C Infographic

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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Chris Lewis May 23, 2016 - 6:14 am

I did not know that much about Hep C, thanks for sharing this and I will be sharing this with my parents today!

Robin Masshole Mommy May 23, 2016 - 6:23 am

My parents are baby boomers, so I will be sure they are aware of the risks of this. Everyone needs to know.

Kita May 23, 2016 - 10:15 am

I was surprised to watch a story about the rise of Hep C in baby boomers. I will be sharing this with my aunts and uncles. So important

Mimi Green May 23, 2016 - 10:35 am

I so didn’t know this was a thing. I have all the questions for my mom. I’m shocked.

Pam May 23, 2016 - 11:37 am

There is a hepatitis C billboard near us. I have been wondering about it- I know now that it’s up for hepatitis awareness month.

Jeni Hawkins May 23, 2016 - 12:57 pm

Very scary facts! I like the video – I actually really learned a LOT about Hep C, and will definitely get myself checked. Thanks so much!

Jenny Finney May 23, 2016 - 3:42 pm

I would never have thought or even associated Hepatitis C with Baby Boomers! 75% is quite astounding! I was born in 1970, so barely missed this period. I love that you have photos of showing Tested and Untested, to give us more info.

Liz Mays May 23, 2016 - 3:51 pm

It sounds like getting tested is super important. Catching Hep C as early as possible can really make a difference.

Bella B (xoxoBella) May 23, 2016 - 5:14 pm

I didn’t know much about HepC so thank you for sharing this. I will have to share with my parents. 🙂

Franc Ramon May 24, 2016 - 12:11 am

Hepatitis is a really be a killer disease. It’s nice to know these facts and statistics to help avoid the disease.

Lisa May 24, 2016 - 2:22 am

I am not a baby boomer. I also admit that I know nothing about hepatitis C except that it can do a lot of damage to your liver.

Rebecca Swenor May 24, 2016 - 4:50 am

This is a great post and awesome information about Hepatitis C. I didn’t learn about this disease til I went to college for a lab tech. There are so many people that no nothing about the disease. Thanks for sharing the awareness.

Anosa May 24, 2016 - 7:01 am

I must admit I am a millennial who knows next to nothing about hepatitis c or others for that matter so thanks for this post keeping us aware

Bonnie @wemake7 May 24, 2016 - 10:29 am

Wow, I didn’t realize all of this information. My grandmother died of Liver cancer.

Vidya Sudarsan May 25, 2016 - 12:08 am

Lot of good information on Hep C. I did not know how liver failures were linked to untreated Hep C. The infographics that you have shared here is very easy to follow.

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Dawn gibson-thigpen May 27, 2016 - 9:04 am

oh this is very interesting and a good read. i love that video so information. thanks for sharing.

cathy May 29, 2016 - 9:37 am

These stats are so interesting to me, I never knew! Thanks for spreading the word!

aiman khan December 9, 2018 - 11:50 am

What a blog. Thanks for sharing it with you. I appreciate it.
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