CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateNORTH CAROLINA: Billboard Warns Baby Boomers to Get Hepatitis C Tests
September 10, 2013
Digtriad.com (Greensboro, North Carolina) (09.04.2013)
Aids Weekly Plus
A new billboard in Greensboro, N.C., is encouraging baby boomers to get tested for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The billboard states, “Born from 1945–1965? CDC recommends you get tested for Hepatitis C.” CDC advises testing for baby boomers because they might be at risk either from blood transfusions received before standard HCV blood screening or from drug use. CDC believes that more than 3 million US residents might be infected with HCV without knowing it. Hepatitis can be acquired from sharing needles, using dirty needles, receiving tainted blood transfusions, or contracting it from an infected mother. It can be treated once diagnosed.