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Posted on: February 2, 2017

[ARCHIVED] VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Urges Baby Boomers to be Screened for Hepatitis C

Up to 75 percent of U.S. patients infected with hepatitis C were born between 1945 and 1965 (baby boomers). Nearly 34,000 of our enrolled Veterans fall into that range!

Hepatitis C is a liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis C virus. Over time, chronic hepatitis C can cause serious health problems. In fact, hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and the leading cause of liver transplants.

Most people with hepatitis C do not know they are infected. Since many people can live with hepatitis C for decades without symptoms or feeling sick, testing is critical so those who are infected can get treated and cured.

We have medications on hand that can potentially cure hepatitis C in as little as 12 weeks. We are seeking your help in getting the word out to your Veteran constituents about testing, treatment and the consequences of doing nothing about hepatitis C.

Veterans may contact the Primary Care Call Center at 412-822-3000, option 5, or 1-866-482-7488, option 2, option 2, option 5, to schedule a test.

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