The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued draft guidelines that all U.S. baby boomers should get a one-time hepatitis C test. More than 2 million U.S. baby boomers are infected with hepatitis C, many of whom don’t know they have it.
The CDC predicts that testing all baby boomers could identify more than 800,000 new cases and save more than 120,000 lives. Current CDC guidelines only call for testing of baby boomers that have known risk factors for infection, however, studies have shown that many baby boomers don’t perceive themselves to be at high risk for infection.
Source: MyRecordJournal.com – May 23, 2012