Did you know that DEATHS from hepatitis C are now more common in the US than HIV?

As a result of this finding, the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC ) is launching a “No More Hepatitis” campaign with screening recommendations.  Currently, the CDC  suggests hepatitis labs for patient who

  • ever injected illegal drugs,
  • received clotting factors made before 1987,
  • received blood/organs before July 1992,
  • were ever on chronic hemodialysis,
  • have evidence of liver disease (elevated alanine aminotransferase [ALT] blood level), or
  • are infected with HIV.

We now know that ¾ of those who die with hepatitis C infections are baby boomers–most without risk factors as above.  So, a new initiative is starting to test all people born between 1945 and 1965 for hepatitis C.

We know that it takes years for hepatitis C to make the liver cells fibrotic or into cancer.  And, there was an approval in May 2011 of two new medicines to help fight hepatitis C.  So, with the increase in incidence of the infection and improved treatment, we may be able to save and lengthen lives.

I think that is a pretty good combination!

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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