The emergency department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital will begin offering hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing to all baby boomers as part of its routine examination beginning August 13, according to UAB News. The testing initiative conforms to a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to offer one-time hep C testing to all people nationwide born between 1945 and 1965. The CDC estimates that such testing could detect an additional 800,000 hep C cases and potentially save more than 120,000 lives. UAB Hospital plans on screening between 8,000 and 12,000 people in 2013.

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