For Health-Care Professionals

Hepatitis C is a serious public health threat in our country today. With millions of people undiagnosed, deaths from the disease are on the rise. The good news is that, for many patients, hepatitis C can be cured, and, as you may know, recently approved treatments have significantly increased the chance of a cure for patients.

As a health-care professional, it is important that you talk to your baby boomer patients (those born between 1945 and 1965) or anyone who has one or more of the risk factors for hepatitis C about getting tested. Results from a national online survey of 1,006 baby boomers, recently released by the American Gastroenterological Association and conducted by Harris Interactive between April 9-13, 2012, indicate that the majority of boomers (83 percent) rely on their health-care providers to recommend tests they should have. Because many patients don’t know they are at risk or think they have been tested for hepatitis C when they have routine blood work done, they might not proactively discuss hepatitis C with you.

Download the I.D. Hep C flyer on hepatitis C testing to distribute to your patients or make available in your waiting room.

Visit viralhep.org, a Website featuring groundbreaking research from the AGA journals on the changing field of viral hepatitis.