Did you know that 1 in 30 baby boomers has Hepatitis C and most don’t know it? In fact, people born from 1945 to 1965 are five times more likely to have Hepatitis C than other adults.
Hepatitis C may not cause symptoms for years or even decades, while slowly damaging the liver. By the time symptoms appear, liver damage is often significant. Left untreated, Hepatitis C can cause cirrhosis, cancer and even death. It is also the leading cause of liver transplants.
“The good news is Hepatitis C can be treated,” said Dr. Kimberly McDonald, medical director at Wake County Human Services. “The first step is to get a simple blood test. Once a diagnosis is made, residents can be connected with the right care and medications to be cured.”
Wake County offers free Hepatitis C testing at several convenient locations:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone born from 1945–1965 get tested.
Visit wakegov.com/HepC to learn more about Hepatitis C and its risk factors.