US baby boomers urged to get tested for hepatitis C

日期:2019-03-01 02:01:05 作者:宰裹 阅读:

By Helen Thomson Baby boomers should take themselves to a physician to be tested for hepatitis C – so says the US government, which this week has recommended that anyone born between 1945 and 1965 should get tested for the virus. Hepatitis C kills more Americans each year than AIDS. Transmitted by blood, it is the leading cause of liver transplants. An estimated 3.2 million Americans are thought to be infected – three quarters of them baby boomers, who are largely at risk of having caught the virus through drug use or receiving a blood transfusion before widespread screening for the virus became available in 1992. By taking a one-off blood test, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that 800,000 new infections will be identified and 120,000 hepatitis-related deaths avoided in this age group. Most people with the virus show no symptoms, but around 15,