Are You Aware of Your Hepatitis C Risk?

This post was developed in partnership with Quest Diagnostics.

As a parent, you naturally worry a lot about your children. You kind of expect this. What you don’t always expect, is that as your children grow older, you begin to worry about your health in a new way. After all, you want to be able to enjoy your grandchildren, and want them to be able to enjoy you too!

Let’s face it, none of us are getting any younger and our health becomes more of a priority every year. I want to make sure I’m there for all of the birthday parties, graduations, weddings… and for that to happen I need to be full of life and thriving physically. As a baby boomer, there are health risks you might not be aware of.

Here are the facts.

While anyone can get Hepatitis C, more than 75% of adults infected are baby boomers, people born from 1945 through 1965. Since people with Hepatitis C can live for decades without symptoms, many baby boomers are unknowingly living with an infection they got many years ago.

Most boomers are believed to have become infected in the 1970s and 1980s when rates of Hepatitis C were the highest, but the reason that baby boomers have high rates of Hepatitis C is not completely understood. Hepatitis C is primarily spread through contact with blood from an infected person. Many baby boomers could have gotten infected from contaminated blood and blood products before widespread screening of the blood supply in 1992 and universal precautions were adopted. This includes blood transfusions, ear piercings and tattoos. Still, many baby boomers do not know how or when they were infected.

Do yourself and your grandchildren a favor and get tested for Hepatitis C and what better time than during May, which is hepatitis awareness month. To assess your risk, take this hepatitis C risk quiz and help build an awareness of hepatitis C and the various ways it is contracted. Make sure you know the risks and dangers of Hepatitis C and are doing what you can for your health, beginning with getting tested. Give your grandchildren the best chance possible of many years of fun with grandma and grandpa.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vibrant Nation. The opinions and text are all mine.

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