Baby Boomers 5 Times More Likely to Have Hepatitis C
The Clarion Ledger has published an article in which it quotes doctors urging Baby Boomers to see their health care provider to receive hepatitis C screenings.
About Hepatitis C
“Hepatitis C, for many people in the population, goes unnoticed due to the fact that the liver is what we call a non-complaining organ, which means they can have the disease and not know it.” – LaNetta Alexander, Indiana State Department of Health as published by the Clarion Ledger.
- Hepatitis C is an often asymptomatic infection caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HPV).
- Hepatitis C leads to the inflammation of the liver and may result in liver scarring, renal injury, liver failure and death.
- WebMD cites the disease as one of the leading causes of liver cancer and is the leading cause of liver transplants.
- It is estimated that 3.9 million U.S. adults are infected with Hepatitis C.
- There are currently 28 clinical trials being conducted for a new Hepatitis C treatment by pharmaceutical companies including Archillion, Gilead, and Bristol-Meyers Squibb.
Baby Boomers at Increased Risk
- According to the Clarion Ledger, the majority of those infected with Hepatitis C were born during the baby boom, 1945 through 1965.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study in which three-fourths of 5,000 Hepatitis C positive individuals surveyed were reportedly born between 1945 and 1965.
- It is now estimated that Baby Boomers are 5 times more likely to have Hepatitis C.
- While experts are still unsure, it is believed that Hepatitis C was widely spread during the 1970’s and 1980’s through blood transfusions, shared needles, and other unknown activities before the dangers of the disease were well known.
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