Twitter Chat: Hepatitis C Testing Saves Lives
Hepatitis C is a silent epidemic in the United States. More than 3 million adults are infected with Hepatitis C and most are baby boomers, people born 1945-1965. Since many people with Hepatitis C have no symptoms and are unaware of their infection, CDC wants all baby boomers to get a blood test for Hepatitis C, which over time can cause liver damage and even liver cancer.
Earlier this month, CDC issued updated guidance for doctors and other health care providers about how to test for Hepatitis C, emphasizing the importance of identifying current infection. CDC Director Dr. Frieden will host a live Twitter chat to start a discussion with baby boomers, health care providers and partners about the importance of testing all baby boomers and people with other risks for Hepatitis C. He will be joined by CDC experts Dr. John Ward, Director of the Division of Viral Hepatitis, and Dr. Hazel Dean, Deputy Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention to answer your questions about Hepatitis C testing.
Thursday, May 30, 2:00-3:00PM EDT
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- CDC Feature- Hepatitis C: Testing Baby Boomers Saves Lives
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