Owning up to hepatitis C risk is difficult for baby boomers

10/22/2012 | Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)

Hepatitis C is one of the biggest health threats to aging baby boomers, but experts say their reluctance to talk about it may be their biggest barrier to testing and treatment. Hepatitis C patient Helen Clark, of the Minneapolis group LiverHope, says many boomers with a behavioral history that puts them at risk of hepatitis C are ashamed of it and worry it could affect their jobs. Testing all baby boomers for HCV could identify 800,000 carriers and prevent 120,000 deaths, the CDC says.

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