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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most common blood-borne virus in the United States.
Researchers found that half of the cases diagnosed through this approach were among people born after 1965.
For example, African Americans are more likely to have the virus compared with other races.
The CDC calls for everyone to be tested and for all pregnant women to be tested during every pregnancy.
The first meta-analysis to examine hep C treatment outcomes in seniors versus non-seniors found that cure rates are comparable.
The VA has cured HCV in nearly 100,000 veterans, which will dramatically reduce the development of advanced liver disease and liver cancer.
A recent article in The Seattle Times asks why.
Because the bulk of the hep C population was born between 1945 and 1965, a one-time hep C test is recommended for all baby boomers.
The greatest increase was among 50- to 69-year-olds.
This birth cohort accounts for the majority of people living with the virus.
Jackie Johnson was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2010. But in 2015, he took advantage of the latest hep C treatments and was soon cured.
Researchers modeled the differences between testing focused on baby boomers versus universal screening.
Half of those who tested positive through a testing program at a Boston hospital did not fit typical screening demographics.
An estimated more than three quarters of those living with HCV in the United States are baby boomers.
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