Hepatitis: The Hidden Hazard

Though cure rates are good, many Baby Boomers don't even suspect they have the liver disease

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You can't alter the past, but you can improve your future, Bacon said. "There's nothing much you can do about what happened 20 or 30 years ago if you had a youthful indiscretion or were given a blood transfusion, but you can get tested," Bacon said. "We have treatments that can cure hepatitis C, so there's good reason to find out whether or not you've got it."

Bernstein said that cure rates for hepatitis C are now 75 percent and higher, depending on the specific type of hepatitis C infection that a person has.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a quick assessment of viral hepatitis risk.

To learn more about one man's struggle with hepatitis C, click here.

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