Baby boomers often unaware they need hepatitis C screening

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Many baby boomers may be unaware they need screening for the hepatitis C virus, a small study suggests. In a survey of 81 emergency room patients born during the “baby boom” from 1945 to 1965, only 29 percent of participants knew their risk for the virus was higher than for people born in earlier or later generations, the study found. “Baby boomers are five times more likely to have hepatitis C than those groups born before or after this period,” said senior study author Dr. Ellie Carmody, an infectious disease researcher at New York University School of Medicine.
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