OK, boomer: You ’re not the only one who needs testing for hepatitis C

It turns out that many more people than just boomers can benefit from testing for hepatitis C, a viral infection of the liver that often causes no symptoms. If you’re a member of the baby-boom generation (born between 1946 and 1964), your doctor may have already recommended the test. But those born before or after those years may not have known about the test unless they had a risk factor for hepatitis C, such as a history of intravenous drug use. A new guideline is changing this approach. Why the different recommendations for baby boomers? In 2012–2013, the CDC and the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) established guidelines that recommended all baby boomers be screened for hepatitis C. Boomers were singled out because this population had most of the undiagnosed infections. Screening for hepatitis C is a big deal, because it’s a potentially serious and treatable infection affecting an estimated four million persons in the US and 100 million people worldwide. And, while it’s common to have it without knowing it, liver failure or liver cancer are known complications that could be prevented by screening and treatment. Studies looking at the effectiveness of screening baby boomers have demonstrated success as well as limitations. In recent years it’s become clear that the fastest growing group of people newly infected with hepatitis C is young adults ages 20 to 39 who would be missed under previous guidelines. Why not screen everyone? That&...
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