Who should be tested for HCV?

Santa Fe New Mexican - Healthy Living - - NEWS -

In Au­gust 2012, the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion an­nounced that ev­ery Amer­i­can born be­tween 1945 and 1965 should be tested for ex­po­sure to hep­ati­tis C. The sur­prise di­rec­tive was part of a CDC cam­paign to reach as many as 1 mil­lion Amer­i­cans who are un­aware they have the dis­ease. At the time of the an­nounce­ment, more than 17,000 new hep­ati­tis C cases were be­ing di­ag­nosed ev­ery year, and 3.2 mil­lion Amer­i­cans were known to have the most vir­u­lent strain of HCV.

HCV spreads via con­tact with con­tam­i­nated blood. Trans­mis­sion can oc­cur dur­ing sex­ual ac­tiv­ity that in­volves ex­po­sure to blood or by shar­ing nee­dles and other drug­in­jec­tion para­pher­na­lia with some­one who is in­fected.

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