While May’s observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month is coming to a close this week, there is an ongoing need to encourage both individuals and healthcare providers to follow the recommendations of both the CDC and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that individuals born between 1945 and 1965 – the so-called “baby boomer” generation – to get a one-time screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.
Our AIDS.gov colleague Linda Lawson shares this video message for her fellow baby boomers.
The one-time hepatitis C screening for everyone born 1945 – 1965 is a “covered preventive service” under the Affordable Care Act, which means that most health plans must cover it no cost to you.
The CDC estimates that half of people chronically infected with HCV are unaware of their infection. Hepatitis C can cause liver disease, liver cancer, and death. However, timely diagnosis and access to curative treatment can prevent these outcomes and improve overall health for individuals with HCV.
Please share this information and video with friends and colleagues for whom it might be relevant.