Were you born in 1945-1965? You’re At Risk!

 

So many of us Suddenly Solos are Baby Boomers that we felt it was absolutely essential that we make you aware of the risk of having Hepatitis C.

The CDC just issued a recommendation that all baby boomers have their blood tested for the virus at their next check-up.  Baby boomers account for about two-thirds of the estimated 3.2 million infected Americans.

More than 15,000 Americans die each year from hepatitis C-related illnesses, and the number has been growing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hepatitis C is most commonly spread today through sharing needles to inject drugs. Before widespread screening of blood donations began in 1992, it was also spread through blood transfusions.

The virus can gradually scar the liver and lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer, and is the leading cause of liver transplants. It can trigger damage in other parts of the body as well.

It is possible that some people were infected in ways other than dirty needles or blood transfusions. Some experts say tattoos, piercings, shared razor blades and toothbrushes, manicures and sniffed cocaine may have caused the virus to spread in some cases.

Health officials say baby boomers are five times more likely to be infected than other adults.

With all the wonderful possibilities facing us as Suddenly Solos, it would be a tragedy to needlessly cut our time short by not finding out if we harbor the virus.  Fortunately, there are drugs now available that can effectively treat and even cure hepatitis C patients. But waiting too long (while the virus attacks the liver) can dramatically reduce the prognosis, so get checked NOW!

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