Billboard Warns Baby Boomers To Get Hepatitis C Tests

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Greensboro, NC -- A new billboard is popping up in Greensboro to urge one generation to get tested for Hepatitis C. 

The billboard reads: "Born from 1945-1965? CDC recommends you get tested for Hepatitis C." 

Experts at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say Baby Boomers could be at risk for the disease because of drug use during the era, and the fact that many blood transfusions were dangerous. 

The CDC now says those Baby Boomers might need to get tested for Hepatitis C. We showed the billboard to folks around town today, and they say the testing is necessary.

"[The billboard] needs to be there at all times," said Reginald Johnson, a Greensboro resident. "It needs to be there because people need to have themselves tested for anything - Hepatitis, HIV, anything."

Cindy Greeson, a local nurse, says "You're looking back at the hippie, you know, promiscuity area."

The CDC says more than three million people in the United States have Hepatitis C and don't know it. 

The CDC gave us some information about the disease Wednesday. Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease. It comes from sharing needles, dirty needles, bad blood transfusions or having a mother with Hepatitis C. 

It can be treated and prevented, but you must get tested first. 

WFMY News 2

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