The dynamic - but often overly risk-taking - young adult lifestyles of the Baby Boomers are starting to catch up to the newest generation of retirees, in a daunting way: three out of four of the 3.2 million Americans with Hepatitis C are Boomers.

A recent Los Angeles Times article suggests that the long-term health issues related to the disease – deaths from the virus have nearly doubled in a decade, to more than 15,000 – present a considerable challenge for public health officials.

Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver cancer and cirrohsis and is one of the most frequent reasons for liver transplants in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control; in 2007, more Americans died from Hepatitis C than from HIV-related causes, with the issue expected to accellerate as Boomer carriers age.

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