Knowledge is Power: May Is Hepatitis C Awareness Month

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This post was developed in partnership with Quest Diagnostics.

While we hear a lot about getting tested for certain diseases and cancers, news coverage is a lot more limited when it comes to Hepatitis C. Most people aren’t even aware enough about the disease to know if they need to get tested. In fact, many people with Hepatitis C don’t even know they are infected. That’s the scary part. In this case, knowledge really is power. If Hepatitis C is caught in time, it can often be cured.

Baby Boomers and Hepatitis C

More than 75% of adults infected with Hepatitis C are baby boomers, people born between 1945 and 1965. Baby boomers are five times more likely to have Hepatitis C than other populations. However, the majority of baby boomers don’t know much about Hepatitis C including how it’s contracted, symptoms, risk factors, or even if they should get tested.

Hepatitis C is primarily spread through contact with blood from an infected person. While we don’t know why so many baby boomers have Hepatitis C, one thought is that many Boomers contracted Hepatitis C from contaminated blood and blood products before widespread screening started in 1992 and universal precautions were initiated. Piercing and tattoo safety policies were also not what they are today.

The Importance of Getting Tested
While 1 in 30 baby boomers have Hepatitis C, most don’t even know it because symptoms can lie dormant for decades. Testing is all the more important because although Hepatitis C is a potentially life-threatening liver disease if it is caught in time, Hepatitis C is often curable. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, and the CDC is urging all baby boomers to get tested via a simple, one-time blood test you can request from your doctor.

When it comes to your health, knowledge is key. That’s why Quest Diagnostics is working to build awareness among baby boomers about the need to get tested. Learn more about the facts about Hepatitis C here and see if you’re at risk by taking the risk quiz here.

After taking the risk quiz and learning more about Hepatitis C, schedule a doctor’s visit to discuss whether you should be tested. While Hepatitis C is a potentially life-threatening liver disease, it can be curable if it’s caught in time. You can increase your odds of survival just by knowing if you have the disease.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vibrant Nation. The opinions and text are all mine.

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