Dr. Tom Miller explains how hep C can be transmitted, and the available treatment and prevention options.">

Jan 19, 2018 — Baby Boomers—people born between 1945 and 1965—have five times the risk of having hepatitis C, a disease that affects the liver. On today's Health Minute, Dr. Tom Miller explains how hep C can be transmitted, and the available treatment and prevention options.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: If you're a Baby Boomer, you could have Hepatitis C and not even know it. Dr. Tom Miller, why should all Baby Boomers be tested for Hepatitis C?

Dr. Miller: Between the years of 1945 and 1965, for reasons that are not completely known, you have a five-fold increased chance of having Hepatitis C.

Interviewer: All right, and what is it?

Dr. Miller: Basically, Hepatitis C is a virus that infects the liver, and untreated over many years, it can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure and even liver cancer.

Interviewer: And how would somebody even get it?

Dr. Miller: It's transmitted by an infected person's body fluids, through things like sharing needles, or even sexual intercourse, and in the past, contaminated blood products. Now all blood products are tested and free of Hepatitis C.

Interviewer: And if a Boomer gets tested, then comes out positive, then what?

Dr. Miller: There are drugs that cure Hepatitis C, and you will be free of the risk of liver failure, cancer, and the risk of infection to others.

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