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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.
Connie Dewbre’s son convinced her to get cured of HCV again after visiting our Hep magazine website.
The CDC recommends that all those born between 1945 and 1965 undergo testing for hepatitis C.
Heavy drinking, viral hepatitis and fatty liver disease have all started taking their toll on U.S. baby boomers.
The prompts did not, however, get sufficient numbers of those born between 1945 and 1965 tested for the virus.
If any of the following risk factors apply to you, contact your health care provider to get tested for HCV.
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