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 CDC recommends that anyone born from 1945 through 1965 get tested for Hepatitis C.

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Key Facts about People Born 1945-1965 (Baby Boomers) and Hepatitis C

Of the estimated 3.2 million people chronically infected with hepatitis C in the U.S., approximately 75% were born during 1945-1965, or are baby boomers. National prevalence data show that people born during these years are five times more likely than other adults to be infected. Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and the leading cause of liver transplants; people born during 1945-1965 account for 73% of all hepatitis C- associated mortality.

Hepatitis C Testing Recommendation for All Adults Born 1945-1965

In addition to testing adults of all ages at risk for hepatitis C infection, CDC recommends:

  • Adults born during 1945–1965 should receive one-time testing for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) without prior ascertainment of HCV risk (Strong Recommendation, Moderate Quality of Evidence).

  • Testing should be initiated with anti-HCV. A reactive result should be followed by nucleic acid test (NAT) for HCV RNA.

  • All persons identified with HCV infection should receive a brief alcohol screening and intervention as clinically indicated, followed by referral to appropriate care and treatment services for HCV infection and related conditions (Strong Recommendation, Moderate Quality of Evidence).

Rationale for Recommendation

  • There is a high prevalence of hepatitis C in people born during 1945–1965, with 75% of people with hepatitis C born during these years.

  • There is increasing HCV-associated morbidity and mortality, as annual HCV-associated mortality in the US increased more than 50% from 1999 to 2007. People born 1945-1965 with hepatitis C face increasing hepatitis C-associated morbidity and mortality.

  • A high proportion of people with hepatitis C do not know that they are infected (estimates range from 45%-85%).

  • Testing based solely on elevated ALT levels is estimated to miss 50% of chronic infections.

  • For those who are chronically infected, clinical preventive services including regular medical monitoring, hepatitis A and B vaccination, and behavior changes like alcohol reduction/cessation and achieving and maintaining a healthy BMI can improve health outcomes for people with hepatitis C.

  • New therapies, including interferon-free regimens, can halt disease progression cure most infected with hepatitis C. These treatment options increase the effectiveness and reduce the duration of therapy for many patients.

  • One-time testing of those born 1945-1965 is estimated to identify 800,000 infections and, with linkage to care and treatment, avert more than 120,000 HCV-related deaths. This strategy is estimated to save $1.5-$7.1 billion in liver disease-related costs.
The importance of testing cannot be irgnored!

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We would like to thank everyone for their support this World Hepatitis Day 2015

lWorld Hepatitis Day..White House Statement

The Presidents Statement

July 28th, 2015

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Around the world, doctors, medical researchers, and other professionals dedicated to health care and public health are working hard every day to combat disease and build healthier communities. Their efforts have led to improved sanitation, cleaner water, better access to care, and improvements in how we diagnose, treat, and prevent disease. Today, on World Hepatitis Day, we join in these efforts to improve lives here at home and abroad by raising awareness of a silent epidemic and reaffirming our commitment to combat it.

Nearly 400 million people worldwide are living with viral hepatitis, and more than 1 million people die each year from this disease. Yet because hepatitis often persists silently for years before revealing any symptoms, many — including about two-thirds of the Americans who live with it — are unaware of their infection status, which can lead to long-term liver damage and death.

Prevention and early detection are essential to saving lives. Safe and effective vaccines for hepatitis A and B are widely available, and simple blood tests for hepatitis B and C can lead to early detection and life-saving care and treatment, including the cure of the infection. I encourage all Americans to ask their health care provider about hepatitis, and to learn more by visiting www.CDC.gov/Hepatitis.

As President, I am committed to advancing the fight against viral hepatitis infections. The Affordable Care Act has increased access to quality, affordable health care for millions of Americans — creating more opportunities for early detection of viral hepatitis — and it requires most insurance plans to cover recommended preventive services without copays, including hepatitis A and B vaccines and hepatitis B and C screenings. New protections under the law also eliminate annual and lifetime dollar limits on coverage and prohibit insurers from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions, including hepatitis.

Guided by our Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, my Administration is working with government, private, and non-profit organizations to ensure that new cases of viral hepatitis are prevented. We also remain invested in addressing related health issues such as liver cancer, HIV infection, and substance use disorders, and the disproportionate impact viral hepatitis infections have on African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and American Indians and Alaska Natives, as well as our Nation’s young people.

Today, we renew our commitment to those impacted by hepatitis and to all those we have lost to this disease. Let us resolve to break the silence surrounding hepatitis, and redouble our efforts to defeat it in all its forms.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim July 28, 2015, as World Hepatitis Day. I encourage citizens, Government agencies, non-profit organizations, and communities across the Nation to join in activities that will increase awareness about hepatitis and what we can do to prevent it.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.

BARACK OBAMA

 


Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole (right) speaks out about her struggles with Hepatitis C and her new commitment to fight for greater awareness.See her story @ http://www.tuneintohepc.com.
Natalie Cole
About Us

Suncoast Hepatitis C friends is a local support group in the Tampa Bay Area dedicated to improving the quality of life and disease outcome of those who suffer from viral hepaitits, their friends, and family. Though we believe in and use all available medical resources, ultimateley we believe that God gives us all healing.

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SuncoastHepCFriends.Org was founded in Nov. 2009 and is a non-profit organization created to be a source of information for people in our community about viral hepatitis and find us find support through local agencies, health care providers, and contacts to services. We also advocate for the rights of our citizens and to address the lack of awareness prevention, education, support, and services available to those affected by HCV and HBV. Finally, we seek to save lives by increasing awareness of the threat of viral hepatitis to us all.

 


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