Why Baby Boomers? There are several complex factors but what is known is that during the time that Baby Boomers were born techniques in sterilization were not as advanced as they are today and many infections occurred in surgeries, but also in routine procedures. Also, before 1992 there was not nationwide testing that could detect the virus, so many were infected through blood transfusion and organ transplants.
Although the thought of being infected with a virus for decades may sound hopeless, there have been huge advancements in the treatment of hep C. Before, the treatments had many severe side effects, could last for several months to years, and were only able to cure around 45% of infections. Today, however, there are several new treatments that have less side effects and have cure rates as high as 95%, with a much shorter treatment course, some as short as six weeks. Although Baby Boomers make up a large proportion of infections, other generations of Americans are also being infected with what is now a curable virus. That is why the recommendation from the CDC is that every adult aged18 and older should be screened for Hep C at least once, and undergo ongoing tests if the person is in any at-risk category.