1 in 30 Are Infected

HEP Test

What have we learned lately?

Egg yolks are as artery clogging as smoking, a persons blood type may affect your risk for heart disease (A,B,and AB), and yo yo dieting doesn't affect weight loss in the future. BUT NOW the CDC wants to recommend that Every American born between 1945 and 1965 should be tested for the liver-destroying virus hepatitis C.

One in 30 Baby Boomers is infected with the virus and most don't know it. Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and other liver diseases, and is the leading cause of liver transplants.

Its a one-time test for hepatitis C and all those who test positive for the virus should receive a brief alcohol screening and intervention and be referred to appropriate care and treatment services. Alcohol use has been shown to accelerate the progression of liver disease.

Identifying these people and linking them up with treatment could cure up to 75 percent of them. "Getting more people with hepatitis C into treatment could avoid 50,000 cases of liver cancer, nearly 200,000 cases of cirrhosis and more than 102,000 deaths.

"Hepatitis C is a real killer. It leads to a lot of cirrhosis and liver failure and need for liver transplants. It's a subclinical infection and it's often missed until it's too late," he said.

 

So... are we gonna do it?  Do ya just walk into the doctors office and ask for the test?  And is it covered in my co-pay?

For more on hepatitis C, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.