Born between 1945-1975? New guidelines recommend getting tested for Hep C.
Today's edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal contains a new set of guidelines about hepatitis C, and they recommend that all Canadian baby boomers get tested for the potentially liver-destroying virus.
A key recommendation is that people get tested based on their age -- not just possible risk factors -- because most Canadians with the blood-borne virus were born between 1945 and 1975.
Study co-author Doctor Jordan Feld says some 250-thousand Canadians are believed to be infected with Hep-C, but between 40 and 70 per cent of them don't know it because it can take decades for symptoms to become evident.