FORUM — 14 April 2012
Should Hep C Test for Baby Boomers be Mandatory?


A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that, in 2008, hepatitis?C — a virus that is usually transmitted through contact with infected blood — killed 15,768 Americans. In comparison, 11,924 deaths in 2008 were HIV-related. If the current pace continues, hepatitis C deaths are expected to reach 35,000 a year by 2030. Of those deaths, 73 percent were baby boomers, people born between 1946 and 1964. They’re more likely to be infected because of injection-drug use during their youth and tainted blood transfusions, CDC scientists and doctors say. Based on this statistic. Do you think the Hepatitis C test should be mandatory in the population born between 1945 and 1965. What about immigrants born in the same period but outside of the country. Should they get tested as well?

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