The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that more than 3
million Americans have hepatitis C and many don’t know they have it.
Hepatitis C can remain hidden for decades before signs such as immune
dysfunction, jaundice and fatigue develop. If left untreated, it can
cause cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver, and eventually liver failure
Baby boomers have been designated as especially at risk. The CDC has
called for all people born between 1945 and 1965 to be tested for the
hepatitis C virus.
Finally, there are drugs to eradicate the hepatitis C virus that do
not require use of the dreaded drugs we have used for many years –
namely Interferon and/or Ribavirin.