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Why Hep C Is so Common

May 24, 2018

Hepatitis C is a “silent” illness—you can have it for decades with little or no symptoms. Despite not being flashy and headline grabbing, Hepatitis C is a pretty big deal, and deserves the attention of “scarier” illnesses like HIV. Why? Untreated, the damage Hepatitis C causes the lover can lead to liver failure and worse. […]

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While a small part of the rise in Hepatitis C (HCV) is probably due to newly diagnosed Baby Boomers, who were exposed more than other generations and are at an age where the incubation of Hep C is causing symptoms to appear, experts are attributing most of the 300 fold rise to the current opioid […]

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Most Hep C Untreated

May 27, 2016

A study in Colorado has shown that 90% of people with Hepatitis C are going untreated. In Tennessee, they’re seeing an uptick in cases among high-risk groups (including untreated prison populations). And Baby Boomers account for 75% of Hep C patients—and it appears they’re under-tested (and subsequently undertreated). In addition to all that, there’s still […]

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You have probably heard about the current guidelines for Hep C testing: anyone with a risk factor, which includes Baby Boomers (roughly anyone born between 1945 and 1965). But new data out of Johns Hopkins says that’s not enough. After expanding their HCV testing to anyone having a blood draw in their ER, they found […]

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Once every year or so, flagrant disregard for important safety guidelines make the headlines. It almost certainly happens more than that, but there’s a certain discomfort about reporting fellow healthcare workers (especially because in many cases, it’s tied to a personal issue like addiction, adding a level of discomfort at calling the problem out). In […]

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