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Hepatitis C Info

Hepatitis C Baby BoomersHepatitis C is the most common blood-borne virus in the United States, causing an infection that is preventable, treatable, and curable.

  • 1 in 30 or more people born from 1945 – 1965 has hepatitis C.
  • More Americans die from hepatitis C than from HIV.
  • Nearly three million Americans are infected with hepatitis C; some experts estimate the number to be closer to 5 million.
  • As many ass three out of four people who have hepatitis C do not know they have it.
  • Hepatitis C infects the liver, a non-complaining organ that may not show symptoms of liver disease until advanced stages.
  • Experts estimate that hepatitis C will cause 1 million cases of cirrhosis by 2020.
  • Liver cancer is increasing due to hepatitis C.
  • More livers are transplanted because of hepatitis C than for any other reason.
  • The number of people on the liver waiting list is far greater than the number of donated livers.

If you are a baby boomer,
talk to your doctor about testing for hepatitis C.
Get the facts and don’t be afraid.
There is help – you are not alone.

For more information about hepatitis C, visit the HCV Advocate or HEP