Hep C and Baby Boomers

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SummerGAL
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   Posted 5/22/2012 1:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

I'm San and I'm usually on the GERD forums, but wanted to report something I heard on the news last week.

Last week the news reported that all baby boomers between the age of 45-65 should be tested for HEP C. More than 50% of baby boomers probably have HEP C and don't even know it.

My question is why would just the baby boomers be more likely to have HEP C than anyone else? I guess I don't understand this.

San

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   Posted 5/22/2012 6:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi San...we are glad to have you here in Hepatitis. Hope your GERD is under control, I have not personally tracked your journey, but hope your symptoms are under control at this time.

Re Hep C (HCV):

I think that the situation re baby boomers is that these adults came of age in an era before Hep C was identified as a separate disease causing virus. That is aside from the fact that the Boomers came of age in the peace and love generation and drug use had just become mainstream...not stuck in opium dens in scarey inner city neighborhoods.

Prior to identifying Hep C, the blood supply was not tested for this disease and donated blood might contain Hep C and was used for surgeries, battled field emergencies, hemopheliac treatments, etc. This means that blood to blood transfer was wide spread, not confinded to the IV drug community.

The IV drug community may have become more widespread during this time before clean needle programs were advertised and users could be more careful.

I have even heard that the Viet Nam war cause more spread of the disease, as it was being spread to solders via transfusion or drug use and wounded soldiers were being treated often in battlefield settings without mask and gloves...pretty gruesome injuries were treated and those in the medical units were exposed too.

Even the tatoo industry has had some changed in recent times, using fresh equipment and fresh paint each time, and thus less blood to blood transferance in that industry.

AND, since the disease can sit quietly in the background for 30 or 40 years, the boomers are the latest generation to GET SICK from HCV. The medical world is now trying to stem an epidemic that started before folks knew to be careful.
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badsummer
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   Posted 5/22/2012 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
My mother falls into that category. She contracted Hep C from a blood transfusion when she had an emergency C-Section with my brother 37 years ago.

ppm guy
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   Posted 5/22/2012 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
hi san, during the vietnam war, boomer males recieved their immunizations via jet injector. it was capable of mass injections without needles. but the injector still broke thru the skin spreading hep b and c. apparently the injector was reused because it contained multiple doses. be well, barry

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   Posted 5/22/2012 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) are the people who have launched this initiative. It's about time that the government stepped in to combat chronic Hep B and Hep C. Now if doctors would insist on testing their patients for the disease(s). An early diagnosis would save lives.
No good deed goes unpunished...

SummerGAL
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   Posted 5/22/2012 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for the quick answers. I understand the issues with the baby boomers now. I'm a baby boomer, but never had blood transfusions or needles. I suppose there are a lot of people that should get tested and the Doctors should add the test as part of a requirement for people in this age group.

Thanks again

San
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