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FAQ: How common is hepatitis C?

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Q: How common is hepatitis C?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) think that 3.2 million Americans (almost one in 50) are infected with HCV. It is the most common infection carried by blood in the United States. Veterans have higher rates of hepatitis C than the rest of the country so it is especially important to discuss hepatitis C testing with your doctor if you are a Veteran. But, Veterans are not the only ones with high rates of hepatitis C. Baby boomers (people born between 1945-1965) have higher rates of hepatitis C than people in other age groups in the country as well. Often, people infected with hepatitis C are not aware of their infection because they have no symptoms and they are not feeling ill so getting tested is the most important step.