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Avera Medical Group Liver Disease

Plaza 3
1315 S. Cliff Avenue, Suite 1100
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
605-322-8535

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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C Testing

The test for Hepatitis C is a simple blood test you can get in your doctor's office. Ask your doctor about getting this simple, one-time test today.

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Hepatitis C Education

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that anyone born between 1945 through 1965 get tested for Hepatitis C.

Avera Medical Group Liver Disease Sioux Falls is the only practice dedicated to the care and management of liver disease in South Dakota. This includes a specialized Hepatitis C clinic, offering the latest and most effective medications which can successfully treat and cure Hepatitis C.

What do I need to
know about Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. The disease can cause serious health problems including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer and even death. In fact, Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and the leading cause of liver transplants. People with Hepatitis C:

  • Often have no symptoms.
  • Can live with an infection for decades without feeling sick.
  • Can be successfully treated with medications.

Why should Baby Boomers get tested for Hepatitis C?

More than 75 percent of adults with Hepatitis C are Baby Boomers born from 1945 through 1965. Most don’t know they are infected.

  • Baby Boomers are five times more likely to be infected with Hepatitis C than other population groups.
  • Liver disease, liver cancer, and deaths from Hepatitis C are on the rise.
  • As Baby Boomers age, there is a greater chance that they will develop serious, life-threatening liver disease from Hepatitis C.
  • Testing people in this generation will help them learn if they are infected and get them into life-saving care and treatment.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer.

Why do Baby Boomers have such high rates of Hepatitis C?

The reason is not completely understood. Most Boomers are believed to have become infected in the 1970s and 1980s when rates of Hepatitis C were the highest. Since chronic Hepatitis C can go unnoticed for up to several decades, Baby Boomers could be living with an infection that occurred many years ago. Hepatitis C is primarily spread through contact with blood from an infected person. Possible ways of infection include:

  • Receiving contaminated blood and blood products before widespread blood supply screening began in 1992.
  • Injecting drugs, even if done only once.

Still, many Baby Boomers do not know how or when they were infected.