New CDC Recommendations for Baby Boomers
On August 16, the CDC released official recommendations that all Americans born from 1945 through 1965 or “baby boomers” get a one-time blood test for the hepatitis C virus (HCV).
People born from 1945 through 1965 currently account for more than 75% of adults infected with hepatitis C in the U.S. and are five times more likely to be infected than other adults. Each year, more than 15,000 Americans, most of them baby boomers, die from hepatitis C-related illness, such as cirrhosis and liver cancer. Unfortunately, over the last decade, deaths have been increasing steadily. Without expanded access to HCV testing, care, and treatment, mortality among those living with HCV infection will continue to rise into the next decade.
HFH is dedicated to spreading the word about these important new recommendations. Read our press release. You can also read the DOH press release or the press release from our partner agency, Maui AIDS Foundation.