Most Baby Boomers Do Not Get Screened for HCV until Too Late, Says CDC

September 6, 2013 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


Baby boomers are among the most likely people to be unaware of their hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection status, and most do not undergo testing until they are symptomatic, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the August 16, 2013, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Observing that at least half of all people living with HCV infection in the United States do not know their infection status, CDC recommended that all baby boomers undergo one-time screening regardless of their infection risk in order to prevent progression to a more advanced disease (see the August 24, 2012, Physician Practice E-News).

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