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CDC: Most hepatitis C patients not receiving proper care

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Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that only 51 percent of Americans who test positive for hepatitis C received the follow-up testing they should, according to NBC News. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that only 51 percent of Americans who test positive for hepatitis C received the follow-up testing they should, according to NBC News.

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that only 51 percent of Americans who test positive for hepatitis C received the follow-up testing they should, according to NBC News.

Those who fail the hepatitis C blood test are supposed to undergo more detailed screening to see if they are still infected.

If left untreated, hepatitis C can cause liver cancer and other serious health problems.

Approximately 15,000 people die from hepatitis C each year. An estimated 3 million Americans are infected, though a majority don't know it.

The study also shows that two-thirds of hepatitis C cases were among baby boomers.

New guidelines reinforce the importance of more rigorous testing for those who do test positive, and encourage all baby boomers to be tested.

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