November 25, 2013

Health Alert: Hepatitis C Testing for Baby Boomers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults born during 1945-1965 should receive one-time testing for the hepatitis C virus (HCV).  For these reasons:
  • national data show this age group has a 5 times higher prevalence of the infection than other adults, and the age group makes up 75% of all those who have the disease
  • HCV is the leading cause of liver transplants and liver cancer.
  • a high proportion of those infected are not aware
  • treatment can halt disease progression and provide a virologic cure in most infected persons.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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