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Author Topic: New Hepatitis C Diagnoses Span Multiple Generations  (Read 7045 times)

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New Hepatitis C Diagnoses Span Multiple Generations
« on: May 22, 2020, 11:10:39 am »
Whereas hepatitis C virus (HCV) was once primarily seen among members of the baby boom generation—those born between 1945 and 1965—the opioid epidemic has driven up new cases among younger individuals over the past decade. Today, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), new diagnoses of the virus occur in substantial numbers across multiple adult generations.

On Thursday, April 9, the CDC issued new surveillance data regarding the U.S. hep C epidemic in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The federal health agency is calling for a one-time hep C test for all adults age 18 years and older and all pregnant women during every pregnancy. For those who have ongoing risk factors for the virus, the CDC recommends routine testing.

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