Though hepatitis C once had a reputation of being linked to drug use and those on the fringes of society, it has become a highly contagious baby boomer disease, says Dr. Mitchell Davis of South Florida Gastroenterology. He said people who experimented with drugs during their youth carried the virus for decades without knowing it, and now the median age for diagnosis is 55. Even those that stayed away from drugs could contract the disease from items such as unsterilized cuticle trimmers at a salon, Davis said.

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