Understanding Hep C:
What it is and who’s at risk

Hep C is a serious liver disease

Hepatitis C, or Hep C, is a form of liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus. Over time, the virus damages healthy liver cells, which can lead to liver damage, liver cancer, or even liver failure. The good news is that Hep C is manageable and even curable if testing catches it in time.


Fast facts about Hep C

Hep C can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness.


About 75%–85% of the people infected with Hep C will develop chronic infection. Of those people:

  • 60%–70% will develop chronic liver disease
  • 5%–20% will develop cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver
  • 1%–5% will die of liver cancer or cirrhosis

About 20,000 people died from Hep C in 2014.


Hep C is the #1 cause of liver transplants.


If caught in time, Hep C is curable for most people with a simple treatment.

If you’re a baby boomer, consider getting tested.

Although anyone can get Hep C, it’s far more common in baby boomers (people born between 1945 and 1965). In fact, 3 out of 4 adults infected with Hep C are baby boomers. Most infected boomers are believed to have become infected in the 1970s and 1980s when rates of Hep C transmission were high.


Know where you stand.

Take this simple quiz to find out if you're
at a heightened risk for Hep C.

If you’re a baby boomer, you're 5 times more likely to have Hep C, even if you think you haven’t engaged in any "risky" behaviors.

You could be infected—and not even know it.


Make an Appointment

After talking to your doctor about Hep C testing, make an appointment online.

Hep C is a “silent disease” because symptoms can take decades to develop. When they finally do appear, it’s usually a sign of serious liver problems. That is why it’s so important to get tested.


Over 3 million people in the United States have a chronic (longtime) hepatitis C virus infection. Most people don’t know they’re infected because they don’t look or feel sick.

The good news? Hep C is curable.

If caught in time, Hep C can be cured—and the treatment is simple. Health officials estimate that one-time testing of all baby boomers will prevent more than 120,000 deaths. Learn more about Hep C tests and treatment.

Testing involves a simple blood draw, making it easy to find out your Hep C status. Find out how you can prepare for your visit to one of our Hep C testing locations.


Hep C testing is recommended
by the CDC.

The CDC and other health officials recommend one-time Hep C testing for all baby boomers. Learn more.

Next Steps

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