In the United States, deaths from the liver-destroying hepatitis C are rising and it seems that the victims are from the baby boomers era.
Federal health officials are encouraging people who were born anytime between 1945 and 1965 to get a one-time blood in order to check if their liver has been keeping this virus. You see, the virus can just remain dormant for decades before showings its full symptoms.
“One of every 33 baby boomers are living with hepatitis C infection. Most people will be surprised, because it’s a silent epidemic,” said Dr. John Ward, hepatitis chief at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It is estimated that about 3.2 million Americans have chronic hepatitis C but are not aware of it. This condition could lead to the scarring of the liver that could then eventually lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer.
Why the baby boomers? It was a common practice then to share a needle while sharing illegal drugs. Additionally, hepatitis C was widely spread because of blood transfusion before 1992.
Wow imagine that. A one-time testing of illegal drugs can cost your life decades later. Tsk tsk.