CDC Finalizes Hep C Testing Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published final recommendations regarding  a one-time hepatitis C test for all adults born between 1945–1965, following the initial proposed recommendations from May 2012. This population should be tested once for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection without prior ascertainment of HCV risk factors.

According to the CDC, one in every 30 baby boomers (patients born between 1945–1965) has been infected with the virus and is not aware of it because hepatitis C can damage the liver for many years with few noticeable symptoms. Testing in this population is critical for early detection and treatment of the disease, which can induce hepatic failure as well as cancer if the infection is allowed to progress without medical intervention.

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