Boomers: You’re At Risk
This post was developed in partnership with Quest Diagnostics. The opinions and text are all mine.
May is Hepatitis awareness month which is why I wanted to take this time to encourage Baby Boomers to get tested for Hepatitis C. It’s really important to me because not only am I a baby boomer but so is my oldest sister. I made the decision to be tested several years ago when I first learned that boomers make up 75% of Hepatitis C cases. I wanted the peace of mind of knowing one way or another. I’m happy to say that I don’t have Hepatitis C. However, I’m still working on trying to encourage my sister and everyone I know born during the baby boomer era to get tested.
Back when I started researching information on Hepatitis C, I realized that a really high percentage of baby boomers have it. The worst part of all may be that many of these individuals don’t even realize they have it because symptoms can lie dormant for decades!
Times were different back then when baby boomers like myself were born. Technology was introduced at a slower pace, at least compared to today’s standards. Hepatitis C wasn’t even a thought during those times. Today, we have universal blood screening but back then, people didn’t know the dangers of blood transfusions, getting ear piercings or tattoos.
The CDC is urging all baby boomers to get tested. It’s better to be safe than sorry and the peace of mind is worth it! A good place to start is this risk quiz.
If you were born between 1945 and 1965, go ahead and make an appointment to be tested for Hepatitis C. It just might save your life. Don’t you think you owe it to yourself and your family to be checked?.
Hepatitis C, if caught in time, is curable. Check out this patient pamphlet then schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss being tested.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vibrant Nation. The opinions and text are all mine.