Baby boomers: do you know your Hep C status?

5:12 PM, Jul 31, 2013   |    comments
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(WUSA9)-- The baby boomer generation (anyone born between 1945 and 1965) faces the greatest danger from a stealthy virus that attacks the liver.

Statistics show baby boomers are five times more likely than other American adults to be infected with Hepatitis C.  Many who have the virus were infected in their teens and 20's, during the 1970's and 1980's when infection rates were highest amid experimentation with injected drug use, and before widespread screening of blood transfusions began in 1992.

75% of people living with chronic Hepatitis C don't know they have it. And a new survey reveals 62% of Washington's boomers have never been tested.

Dr. Vinod Rustgi, MD of Metropolitan Liver Diseases says Hepatitis  C produces no symptoms until it is in its late stages and serious damage to the liver has already occurred. That is why the CDC recommends all baby boomers get a blood or saliva test for Hep C. You can watch more of his interview with WUSA 9's Anita Brikman HERE.



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