Why Hepatitis C is a Serious Risk for Baby Boomers

By

Jennifer Larson

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When you hear the phrase “Baby Boomers,” what springs to mind? The exuberant youth of the 1960s and 1970s? Or maybe it’s the large wave of people now looking forward to retirement?

For the American Liver Foundation, it’s something that you might not expect: hepatitis C.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that Baby Boomers are five times more likely than other adults in the United States to be infected with hepatitis C.  Five times. Three-quarters of the adults in this nation with hepatitis C are members of the Baby Boomer generation.

In the last few years, a lot has changed in the way we treat hepatitis C. Do you know all the facts?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Oct 23, 2015