(BPT) – Up to 5 million Americans suffer from an often symptomless –
but potentially serious – liver infection called hepatitis C. Many are
surprised to learn it affects four times as many people as the number of
people with HIV. Three out of four people infected with hepatitis C in
the United States are baby boomers – those born between 1945 and 1965.
Because of this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now
recommends all baby boomers be tested once for hepatitis C.
Kerry Monahan, a 57-year-old teacher, mother of three and grandmother
of five, was shocked to learn she had hepatitis C and may have been
living with it for years. “I had no idea I was infected,” she said.
“Like many baby boomers, I had no symptoms and thought I was in great