Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Education Campaign: Patients with Intravenous Drug Use at Higher Risks for Hepatitis C

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Education Campaign: Patients with Intravenous Drug Use at Higher Risks for Hepatitis C

According to the CDC…

Hepatitis C: Why people born 1945-19658 should get tested:

People born from 1945-1965 are 5x more likely to have Hepatitis C.

While anyone can get Hepatitis C, more than 75% of people with Hepatitis C were born between these years. That’s why CDC recommends that anyone born from 1945-1965 get tested for Hepatitis C.

Up to 75% of people with Hepatitis C don’t know they are infected.

Millions of Americans have Hepatitis C, but most don’t know it. People with Hepatitis C often have no symptoms and can live with an infection for decades without feeling sick.

Hepatitis C can cause liver damage and liver failure.

Over time, chronic Hepatitis C can cause serious health problems including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer and even death. In fact, Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and the #1 cause of liver transplants.

Many people can get lifesaving care and treatment.

Knowing you have Hepatitis C can help you make important decisions about your health. Successful treatments can eliminate the virus from the body and prevent liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer.

Visit http://www.cdc.gov/knowmorehepatitis/ to learn more about Hepatitic C and see the full CDC campaign.