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Baby boomers advised to be tested for Hepatitis C

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Some health advice for baby boomers today as another prominent public health organization has recommended getting screened for Hepatitis C, according to NBC News. Some health advice for baby boomers today as another prominent public health organization has recommended getting screened for Hepatitis C, according to NBC News.

Some health advice for baby boomers today as another prominent public health organization has recommended getting screened for Hepatitis C, according to NBC News.

This latest recommendation comes from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, which finds the infection is most prevalent among people born between 1945 through 1965.

Hepatitis C can lead to several liver disorders, but many patients don't have symptoms until they've reached the latter stages of the disease.

Experts say some baby boomers could have been exposed to the virus decades ago and don't know they have it.

They are especially calling for more screening of adults considered high-risk, which include those with a history of intravenous drug use or anyone who received a blood transfusion before 1992.

A similar recommendation to baby boomers has previously been made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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