Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Baby Boomers: Maybe a Hepatitis C test?

My regular readers know I am not enthused with exhaustive testing--who would have time for anything else?

Baby Boomers are more likely than other age groups to have the viral infection called Hepatitis C.

This attacks the liver, can be fatal, and is easily acquired--even by sharing a razor at the gym.

Kristin Gourlay, writing on the USC Annenberg website, http://reportingonhealth.org, says people born before 1945 and 1965 are more likely to have this for various reasons.  More drugs were  injected in the 1970s and 1980s. The blood supply was not screened for this until 1992. Unsafe tattooing and piercing could also spread it.

Go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to see if you are at risk. http://cdc.gov.

Why get tested now? Because the disease can hide out in the body and do damage before you get symptoms.

There is a cure--but it's scary expensive--$84,000 for 12 weeks.

Will this lead to rationing? Probably. Won't everything? Better to get in line early.

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