For the first time, the government is proposing that all baby boomers get tested for hepatitis C. Anyone born from 1945 to 1965 should get a one-time blood test to see if they have the liver-destroying virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in draft recommendations issued Friday.
Baby boomers account for more than 2 million of the 3.2 million Americans infected with the blood-borne virus. It can take decades to cause liver damage, and many people donâ€™t know theyâ€™re infected.
CDC officials believe the new measure could lead 800,000 more baby boomers to get treatment and could save more than 120,000 lives.
â€śThe CDC views hepatitis C as an unrecognized health crisis for the country, and we believe the time is now for a bold response,â€ť said Dr. John W. Ward, the CDCâ€™s hepatitis chief.
Several developments drove the CDCâ€™s push for wider testing, he said.
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