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Hep C test for baby boomers ages 51-69

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They are recommending this now. Have you had the test?  Do you think it is necessary for everyone?  

 

 

http://www.hepchope.com/?gclid=CNvIlv74wtQCFYhqfgodRQsOaQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

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Re: Hep C test for baby boomers ages 51-69

Why are they recommending it for Boomers?...why not older or younger?

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Re: Hep C test for baby boomers ages 51-69

Yes!  They have been recommending the test for a few years now.  I had mine done 4 years ago.  I'm 58.  

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Re: Hep C test for baby boomers ages 51-69

@SeaMaiden

 

I'm not sure why they've limited the age range and I've never had a transfusion so I'm not overly worried, but if I remember I'll ask my primary next month when I see him.

 

 

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Re: Hep C test for baby boomers ages 51-69


@millieshops wrote:

@SeaMaiden

 

I'm not sure why they've limited the age range and I've never had a transfusion so I'm not overly worried, but if I remember I'll ask my primary next month when I see him.

 

 


I never had one either but it might be a good idea to ask mine too the next time I go for a blood test.

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Re: Hep C test for baby boomers ages 51-69


@haddon9 wrote:

Why are they recommending it for Boomers?...why not older or younger?


@haddon9  This explains why Boomers are at risk

 

http://www.hepchope.com/?gclid=CNvIlv74wtQCFYhqfgodRQsOaQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

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Re: Hep C test for baby boomers ages 51-69

I've had the test, proved negative. I was born in 1948,  so I'm a baby boomer.  My doctor says I have no need to test again unless I am knowingly exposed.  He didn't think the test was necessary but because I asked him about it, he obliged. 

 

There is info about this from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). 

https://www.cdc.gov/knowmorehepatitis/media/pdfs/factsheet-boomers.pdf

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Re: Hep C test for baby boomers ages 51-69

Wonder if insurance covers the test.....

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@SeaMaiden wrote:

Wonder if insurance covers the test.....


Medicare and my supplemental (AARP/UHC) insurance covered me fully. 

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Re: Hep C test for baby boomers ages 51-69

blood screening didnt begin until 1992.

Intravenous drug users would sell blood tainted w/drugs and blood products became contaminated.

 

If you had a blood transfusion, Armed Services vaccinations w/air syringes there was cross contamination for this age group-born 1940-1965, or had blood products during a medical procedure/surgery. Tattoos were problematic as well.

 

HepC is a serious virus-all boomers should be tested since there is a cure.