These are surprising statistics until you know a bit about Hepatitis C. People infected with Hepatitis C often feel no symptoms of the illness, even if they have had the virus for years, and even if it has done a great deal of damage to the liver. The "silent" and often symptom-free nature of Hepatitis C infection is one factor that has made it a hidden epidemic for decades. Unfortunately, as Baby Boomers age the devastating and deadly effects of long term Hepatitis C infection are exploding...with steep increases in cases of cirrhosis, primary liver cancer, and liver failure.
If you are a Baby Boomer it is not too late to find out if you are infected and stop Hepatitis C in its tracks. Hepatitis C can be cured, and the liver can repair itself in most cases, once the virus is gone.
Ask your doctor for a simple blood test to learn your Hepatitis C status. Even though Hepatitis C is much more common than HIV/AIDS, the Hepatitis C antibody test is not a part of routine medical blood work, or a routine physical exam. You have to ask your doctor to be tested.
Be safe...learn your Hepatitis C status. Hepatitis C is dangerous if untreated, but it is a curable illness.