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Why should baby boomers get tested for hepatitis C (HCV)?

Many baby boomers got infected before the dangers of hepatitis C were well known. Anyone can get hepatitis C, but adults born from 1945 through 1965 are 5 times more likely to have hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C is mostly spread through contact with an infected person's blood. Some people could have gotten infected before widespread screening of blood began in 1992.

People who have injected drugs, even if only once in the past, could have been infected with the virus from sharing a needle or drug equipment with someone who had hepatitis C. Many people do not know how or when they were infected.

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