In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began recommending hepatitis C testing for everyone born from 1945 – 1965. While anyone can get Hepatitis C, Baby Boomers are five times more likely to be infected. CDC’s Know More Hepatitis campaign addresses this issue head on. The goal of this national, theory-driven multi-media education campaign is to ultimately reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with Hepatitis C by increasing testing among baby boomers so those who are infected can get linked to life-saving care.
According to the CDC, the reason for the high rates of hepatitis C in this age group is not completely understood. Most boomers are believed to have become infected in the 1970s and 1980s when rates of hepatitis C were the highest. Since people with hepatitis C can live for decades without symptoms, many boomers are unknowingly living with an infection they got many years ago.
The only way for someone to know if they are infected with hepatitis C is to get tested. For this reason, CDC encourages hepatitis C screening for everyone born between 1945-1965. The Know More Hepatitis campaign website has a range of material you can share with your patients that explain the risk to patients and promote the importance of testing.
Download a range of patient education materials—fact sheets, posters, and more—from the campaign pages at CDC.