10 Essential Facts About Hepatitis C

5. All baby boomers need to get a hepatitis C test.

 People born between 1945 and 1965 have a 1 in 30 chance of having hepatitis C, says Graham, though they may not know it. It’s believed many were infected during the 1970s and ’80s, when infection rates were highest, the CDC says. Many could have gotten the virus from contaminated blood, or blood products like those that treat hemophilia, before screening for the virus was put in place.

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