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Baby Boomers Are Most at Risk for HCV (Born From 1945 to 1965)

Rapid Testing for Hep C Video

Approximately 75% of all adults infected with chronic HCV infection are baby boomers. Within any practice that’s about 1 in 30 that have been infected. Baby boomers are 5X more likely to have hepatitis C than any other adults from other generations. Most baby boomers don’t know how or when they were infected but many may have been infected during the 1970s and 1980s through:

  • Blood transfusions or other health care exposures (widespread blood screening began in 1992)
  • At risk behaviors


Other Risk Factors that include the likelihood of infection are:

  • Known exposures
  • -- Received blood transfusion or organ transplant before July 1992
  • -- Received clotting factor before 1987
    • Are a chronic hemodialysis patient
  • Had an accidental needlestick incident with a used needle
  • Are a military veteran (especially Vietnam Veterans)
    • Shared toothbrushes, razors, etc. with a person who has hepatitis C
    • Had unprotected sex with a person with hepatitis C
    • Were born to a mother who has hepatitis C
    • Have an unregulated tattoo or body piercings
  • Ever been incarcerated or worked in a jail or prison
  • Have shared an injection needle, works or intranasal devices for illicit drug use - Even Once
  • Have select medical contitions:
  • • Have unexplained chronic liver disease and hepatitis including increased alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels
  • • Have been diagnosed with HIV
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 HCV Rapid Testing Start Up Toolkit
This resource provides guidance and support for sites seeking to establish programs using the OraQuick® HCV Rapid Antibody Test.