Approximately three million Americans are living with hepatitis C and up to 75 percent don’t know they are infected. This puts them at great risk for liver disease, cancer, and death.
A basic blood test can be used to determine if you’ve ever been infected with hepatitis C, and a follow-up test can determine if you’re currently infected.
If you are, there are treatment options available to help prevent the health damages the disease can cause.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone in the United States born between 1945 and 1965 be tested for hepatitis C. CDC also recommends that other populations at increased risk for hepatitis C get tested.