One-time blood testing for the presence of hepatitis C, HCV, is now recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for all people born between 1945 through 1965 — baby boomers. …
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Hepatitis C, HCV, is now recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for all people born between 1945 through 1965 — baby boomers. Canada’s health administration has provided identical recommendations for its citizens.
In the past, recommendations for hepatitis C blood testing was recommended for individuals who had a history of one or more risk factors for this viral illness, namely parenteral (injectable) drug use, people who had received blood transfusions or blood products prior to the screening for the hep C virus, which wasn’t identified until 1965. Other at-risk behaviors included unprotected sex with high risk partners or caring for/living with someone known to have HCV.
Research has provided information in recent years to warrant the change in recommendation status to include suggesting testing for all people in the baby boomer generation. One statistic that supports the new recommendation is that 75 percent of all known chronic hepatitis C infections in the United States are diagnosed among baby boomers. Another fact is that most people with a hepatitis C infection don’t even know they have it.
The CDC also reports that a national health survey recently revealed that only 55 percent of people diagnosed with HCV relate a history of risky behavior.
Be pro-active and talk to your health care provider if you are a baby boomer. It may sound trite, but it’s true: The life you save may be your own.
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