Q: I've read that as a baby boomer, I should get tested for hepatitis C. I don't think I'm at risk. Should I still ask my doctor about it?
Hepatitis C patients can live for years without experiencing symptoms, so it's often referred to as a "silent" killer. There is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C, however, treatments are now available that can help treat and potentially cure the disease.
Hepatitis C spreads through contact with the blood of an infected person. It can lead to liver cancer and liver failure. Hepatitis C is the leading cause for liver transplant. You can get the virus if:
Regardless of risk factors, all baby boomers should get tested for the Hepatitis C virus. Those on dialysis should be tested yearly. Identifying hidden infections allow people to receive treatment before they develop life-threatening liver disease. With testing, lives can be saved. Talk with your healthcare provider.