Who should be tested for HCV?
In August 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that every American born between 1945 and 1965 should be tested for exposure to hepatitis C. The surprise directive was part of a CDC campaign to reach as many as 1 million Americans who are unaware they have the disease. At the time of the announcement, more than 17,000 new hepatitis C cases were being diagnosed every year, and 3.2 million Americans were known to have the most virulent strain of HCV.
HCV spreads via contact with contaminated blood. Transmission can occur during sexual activity that involves exposure to blood or by sharing needles and other druginjection paraphernalia with someone who is infected.