Hepatitis C is a liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. People born from 1945-1965 – the baby boomers – are five times more likely to have Hepatitis C. Unfortunately, the reason that baby boomers have high rates of Hepatitis C is not completely understood. Most baby boomers are believed to have become infected in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s when transmission of Hepatitis C was the highest. The Centers for Disease Control recommends anyone born from 1945-1965, as well as anyone else at risk, get tested for Hepatitis C.
More than 3 million people in the United States are living with chronic Hepatitis C, and most do not feel ill or know they are infected. Don’t be one of those people! The Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective screens for Hepatitis C and can help you get linked to medical care. Contact us if you’d like to take advantage of this preventative measure at (860) 278-4163.