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Hepatitis C: Will you get the test?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out this notice today:

“CDC now recommends that all U.S. baby boomers get a one-time test for the hepatitis C virus. Data show that 1 in 30 baby boomers has been infected with hepatitis C and this population is five times more likely than other adult Americans to be infected with the virus. In addition, more than 15,000 Americans, most of them baby boomers, die of hepatitis C-related illness each year.

Why?

According to the CDC: “More than 15,000 Americans, most of them baby boomers, die each year from hepatitis C-related illness, such as cirrhosis and liver cancer….one-time hepatitis C testing of baby boomers could identify more than 800,000 additional people with the virus.”

Will you get the test?

(S-R archive photo of Naomi Judd who survived Hepatitis C)

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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