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The U.S. government is suggesting baby boomers get tested for hepatitis C. Have you been tested for hepatitis C?

Response Percent Votes
No
 
66% 232
Yes
 
22% 80
I’m not sure
 
10% 38
Total 350

Comments

Starlight 1 year, 11 months ago

Current treatment is limited to a combination of pegylated(antifreeze) interferon and ribavirin. Nasty poisons with serious side effects. I hope my body shows Sustained Viral Response when I'm six months past end of treatment. Told the doctor I wouldn't go through that crap again. I drank a lot of beer in the forty years I've had it and have stage 2, not fatty or cirrohtic liver. I was 'fortunate' to get one of the more benign subtypes. Other subtypes are a death sentence. Type 2c was prevalent in southern europe when mine discovered and I liked to think I had the "Riviera" type.

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tange 1 year, 11 months ago

"... Hep C is wide spread through alot of people who partied it up durring the 60's...."

So, now I'm at risk for HepCat?

/ I knew rubbing up against all those dirty hippies would come back to bite me.

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catfishturkeyhunter 1 year, 11 months ago

Hep C is no joke. Its just as deadly as HIV. Alot of people don't realize that or the fact that the Hep C is wide spread through alot of people who partied it up durring the 60's, 70's and 80's.. I myself am the by product of 70's sex, drugs and rock & roll. Both my parrents have it and have had it for years and it has slowly beat them down. Both are in their 50's and neither will make it past 60..

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Christine Anderson 1 year, 11 months ago

Although Hep C is primarily transmitted in blood, it can also be transmitted sexually. Be wise.

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Linda Endicott 1 year, 11 months ago

From an article in the Washington Post yesterday:

"The hepatitis C virus is transmitted by blood, usually through intravenous drug use or transfusions, before a blood test for it became widely available in 1992. Extremely small amounts of the virus are able to cause infection. Some experts believe that rolled-up dollar bills used to snort cocaine and passed person-to-person can carry enough infected blood to transmit the virus.

“Many baby boomers may not even remember the behaviors that put them at risk,” said John W. Ward, head of the CDC’s division of viral hepatitis."

So it appears that the main culprits in spreading Hep C is intravenous drug use and blood transfusions...so why are they only targeting baby boomers for testing? Did those things stop happening for other generations?

Wouldn't you like to think that they were testing the blood supply for Hep C so it isn't passed on through blood transfusions?

And let me guess...John W. Ward is a thirtysomething little snot who tries not to remember that older people even exist...what an insulting comment! We might not remember our risky behavior...lol, lol, lol...

We remember them just as well as you remember yours, John...

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Jane 1 year, 11 months ago

Which form of HepC? It is my understanding that HepC can be one of three types.

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none2 1 year, 11 months ago

Ooops, I made a mistake. I got vaccinations for B and A - not B and C. C (which used to be known as non-A non-B) has NO vaccination. My bad!

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none2 1 year, 11 months ago

I wonder how this test works? I once took a vaccination for Hep C, so I wonder if I would show as positive because of that shot. (I think it might have been more than one, but I don't remember the difference between the vaccinations for Hep C and the Hep B. One of them has a booster shot about a month after the first shot. I think that is Hep B. Whatever it is, I had both the B and C vaccinations.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 11 months ago

No thanks. Already been micro-chipped.

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