My name is Andrew Styles and I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2000. I hope my personal experiences help others by inspiring them to share their own stories. Anyone can get the Hepatitis C virus (HCV or Hep C): women, men, gay, straight, young and old; it does not discriminate.
According to the CDC, all “Baby Boomers” should get tested for hepatitis C. This is based only on age and for this recommendation Baby Boomers are defined as those born between 1945 and 1965
Hepatitis C (HCV) is a viral infection of the liver that can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver transplant, and death. It has been found to be very common in this age group, and, as they age, the consequences of the infection can be more severe and be irreversible before there are any symptoms at all!
The CDC also recommends that people who test positive for HCV be counseled about alcohol intake and referred to a liver disease specialist, who is familiar with the treatments available. This is particularly important now for several reasons.