Bathia_Mapes: 1) Why should baby boomers who have never received a blood transfusion, had an organ transplant nor were IV drug users who shared needles be tested?
Ihaveanevilparrot: Bathia_Mapes: 1) Why should baby boomers who have never received a blood transfusion, had an organ transplant nor were IV drug users who shared needles be tested?You can still pick it up if you share a razor or toothbrush with someone, have intercourse with someone, worked at a hospital or were hospitalized somewhere with poor sanitary practices, got a tattoo, ever had blood contact with someone during a fight or any other time, and a lot of other situations I can think of.I know plenty of people that have it that never had a transplant or were IV drug users.How do you know everyone you farked over the last 40 years was never an IV drug user, got a tattoo, had a transplant, etc.? How do you know the guy you were dating whose razor you decided to conveniently use wasn't exposed at some point, through any of the means you mentioned.People still aren't that meticulous with their partners, and they were much less so during those generations. There was a lot of room for fluid swapping to happen during the 60s and 70s for a lot of people. And yes IV drug use was VERY prevalent, and for those that didn't engage in it that doesn't mean they didn't come into close contact with those that did.
Bathia_Mapes: And I'll say the same thing I say every damned time this story has been posted:1) Why should baby boomers who have never received a blood transfusion, had an organ transplant nor were IV drug users who shared needles be tested?2) If the CDC wants all boomers to be tested, even if they haven't done any of the above listed things, who will pay for the tests?
Contents Under Pressure: Looks like another "EVERYBODY PANIC" story. I've lead a quiet life, as have my friends and formers. No, I'm not getting tested.
UnrepentantApostate: This sounds like a great idea. The kind of liver damage that a Hep C infection causes is very hard to detect until it's reached an advanced and very hard-to-treat stage. The early symptoms of liver failure sound just like getting old (fatigue, mainly) and it's not until you've got advanced liver failure that noticeable symptoms emerge (jaundice, fluid retention in abdomen, foul breath). At that point, the only real treatment option is liver transplant, which is extremely expensive and the waiting list for livers is long. Further, you can do living donor liver transplants, which means you now have two people that will require lifelong medical monitoring.Much better to catch this risk factor early, especially since we have several decent treatment options to cure the infection, and some great new ones coming down the pipeline in the next few years. The more people we catch and cure, the more money we'll save on health care.
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Nmissi: Ugh- I should proofread more carefully; US military stopped using the jet air injectors about 1980, not 1970. Anyway- the way it worked, the guns allowed a miniscule amount of blood to backwash into the machine; if it was not cleaned out after each use, you could have transfer into the next guy you used it on. As the idea was to have quick inoculations, you can guess how often the line stopped, so that they could take the gun apart and clean it.My uncle was diagnosed with Hep C two years ago; he's pretty sure he got it from the vaccination gun. (Many of the guys he served with have it, too.) The reason the CDC is concerned is that all these vets walking around with it, have looked healthy for the last couple few decades. It was invisible Hep C. But now they're getting old and suddenly their livers aren't doing so well. It's like a big ticking bomb just about to go off- Vet boomer livers will start hitting their expiration date.
Nmissi: Ugh- I should proofread more carefully; US military stopped using the jet air injectors about 1980, not 1970.
hogans: You only have to look at the Hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire to know that it spreads like wildfire,
Good Behavior Day: My GF is 50 and has liver damage. She's been tested for Hep C numerous times, all negative. The doctor repeatedly asks her about alcohol consumption, but she is a very light drinker (I've seen her nurse a tequila rose for an entire evening).I've come to the conclusion that her liver goes out and parties all night without her.
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