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October 2015
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  • Attention Primary Care Docs: Help Prevent Liver Disease – Screen Your Baby Boomer Patients for Hepatitis C


    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 3.2 million Americans and 170 million people worldwide are living with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV).

    Here in the Prairie State, the American Liver Foundation estimates that some 157,000 Illinois residents have Hepatitis C, and roughly 75 percent of them are unaware that they do.

    This blood borne viral infection can cause severe damage to the liver over time. Your patients with hepatitis C do not experience symptoms in the early stages. Therefore, they may not know they have the disease – until they start having serious health issues.

    That’s why ISMS urges physicians to screen their patients born between 1945 and 1965 for Hepatitis C, consistent with the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Primary care physicians should also be aware of the other high HCV risk patient populations recommended for screening by these public health authorities.

    Share this YouTube video with your patients: Hepatitis C: Did You Know?

    For more information, visit ISMS’ Hepatitis C webpage.

    Questions? Call your ISMS Advocacy Team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470 or send an email

  • Hepatitis C: Did You Know?

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