The most common infectious disease in the United States is hepatitis C.
The most common infectious disease in the United States is hepatitis C. Three to 4 million Americans have it and many of them don’t know.
The vast majority of hepatitis C patients — 75 percent — are Baby Boomers. Now, there’s a push to have everyone in that generation tested.
“I was having nausea, tiredness, couldn’t hold anything down,” patient Angela Felder Johnson said.
When Johnson finally found out what was wrong, she was shocked. She had hepatitis C.
“It wasn’t my lifestyle, but it shows you don’t have to have a certain lifestyle. It can come to anyone,” Johnson said.
“It’s been a long-unrecognized illness because screening has not been very efficient,” Mercy Medical Center Dr. Anurag Maheshwari said.
Maheshwari said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends screening all Baby Boomers with a simple blood test.
“(The CDC) recommended that we test everybody born in the Baby Boomer generation. That is someone born between 1945 and 1965 regardless of their risk factors or lifestyle choices,” Maheshwari said.
Nowadays, hepatitis C can be completely cured. Patients take just one pill a day for a few months, and there are very few side effects.
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