Story by: Christina Dunavan on July 23, 2019
Baby boomers are five times more likely to have a hepatitis C infection, because they may have been exposed to the virus before precautions were taken with medical equipment and blood supply screening.
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation and can lead to severe liver damage, cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and even liver cancer. It spreads through contact with blood from an infected person.
Half of the people with hepatitis C don’t know that they are infected. This is because they have no symptoms, which can take decades to show up.
Anyone can get hepatitis C, but 3 in 4 people with the virus were born from 1945 to 1965. Younger generations have benefited from universal precautions against the virus spreading and mandatory infection control procedures. The virus was eliminated from the blood supply by 1992 after widespread screening was adopted.
Talk to your health care provider about getting tested. It could save your life!
If you have the virus, Norton Complex Care Clinic locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Corydon, Indiana, provide specialized care.
Call (502) 629-4440
You have a higher risk of hepatitis C if you:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a one-time blood screening test for those who have an increased risk of infection. The only way to know if you have hepatitis C is to be tested.
Symptoms may include fatigue, nausea, fever, jaundice and muscle aches.
Hepatitis C is curable as long as you find out and complete treatment. Get tested so you can have a longer, healthier life.
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