Hepatitis C screening recommended for all baby boomers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said one in 30 baby boomers – born between 1945 and 1965 – were infected and most did not know.

“A one-time blood test for hepatitis C should be on every baby boomer’s medical checklist,” said CDC director Dr Thomas R Frieden.

The previous advice, issued in 1998, was to test only those with known risk factors. The substantial number of people who remained unaware of their infection meant this strategy had limited success, the CDC said.

“Risk-based screening will continue to be important but is not sufficient alone,