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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

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

No thanks. Already been micro-chipped.

Linda Endicott 2 years, 6 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...

Christine Anderson 2 years, 6 months ago

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

Jeremiah Jefferson 2 years, 6 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..

Jeremiah Jefferson 2 years, 6 months ago

Joke if you will, but its true. Yes there are other ways to get it. Shared needles, and blood transfussions are probably the most common. But it can be sexually transmitted as well. It wouldn't hurt to get checked. I know alot of older people in their 50s who spent the better part of the 60's and 70's wasted and having the time of their lives who have it. Hep C is serious business. My father is living on borrowed time with just 1/3 of his liver left. They took the other 2/3rds a few years ago when they had to remove a golf ball size tumor from it. He is 55 years old and completely beat down with a body of a 90 year old. Course its his own fault.

Linda Endicott 2 years, 6 months ago

My point was that I don't think people who were young in the 60s were any more apt to have these types of behavior than kids from any other generation...why don't they just recommend that everyone be tested?

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