Should I get tested for hepatitis C?

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Published: June, 2018

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Q. I have recently been hearing a lot about getting tested for hepatitis C. I don't think I have any risk factors, but is this something I should consider?

A. Hepatitis C is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver. The CDC reports that 75% of all current cases of hepatitis C are in the baby boomer generation and many more are undiagnosed. The reason is that a vast majority of people have no symptoms, such as fatigue, muscle and joint pain, abdominal pain, and nausea.

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