Skip to comments.Hepatitis C tests urged for all baby boomers
Posted on 05/19/2012 3:19:05 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The federal government Friday called for all baby boomers to be tested for hepatitis C, which kills more Americans each year than AIDS and is the leading reason for liver transplants.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the recommendation to find hundreds of thousands of people who don't realize that they have the infection, which greatly increases their chances of developing cirrhosis and liver cancer.
The hepatitis C virus is transmitted by blood, usually through intravenous drug use or transfusions. A blood test for it became widely available in 1992. Extremely small amounts of the virus are able to cause infection. Some experts believe that rolled-up dollar bills used to snort cocaine and passed person to person can carry enough infected blood to transmit the virus.
"Many baby boomers may not even remember the behaviors that put them at risk," said John Ward, head of the CDC's viral hepatitis division....
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Obamas got it.
WOW! Okay, presumably it can only be passed to you if you stick it directly into your nose, right? What if you handle an infected bill, then rub your eye or blow your nose? Can the virus travel from your hands to your eye or to your nose and give you Hep C that way, too?
It appears some Freepers did a little partying in the 70's. Isn't that special.
LOL....Lots of weed...Coke maybe a few times at weddings in my 20’s but it wasn’t my “drug of choice”.....
“Needle And The Damage Done”
I caught you knockin’
at my cellar door
I love you, baby,
can I have some more
Ooh, ooh, the damage done.
I hit the city and
I lost my band
I watched the needle
take another man
Gone, gone, the damage done.
I sing the song
because I love the man
I know that some
of you don’t understand
to keep from running out.
I’ve seen the needle
and the damage done
A little part of it in everyone
But every junkie’s
like a settin’ sun.
Rolled up dollar bills used to sort cocaine..
Why would anyone want to use a drug that makes them move faster?
About 20 years ago I was working on a ranch in Montana and the owners daughter was this 21 year old hugely breasted blond who wasn’t too bright naturally of course, and one day while she was bending over picking flowers she shot up and screamed and said that something bit her on the breast. Not one to lock the door when opportunity knocks, I asked her to let me see and when she did I told her it looked like a rattlesnake bite which horrified her. Of course it was just a mosquito bite but why throw away the winning lottery ticket? I then said we must act fast, that I must suck out the poison before it took effect and gave her brain damage (impossible). So she let me sck it out which took about 16 hours and of course that led to other things that involved twins but I’ll save that for my autobiography. What I want to know, is it possible may have contracted the virus from trying to save this poor girls life?
Concerned? wow...actually maybe...considering that almost all our money is tainted on some level with drugs.
I'll never forget the day drug sniffing dogs came into the bank and made a beline for the teller drawers and vault!
The marriage virus, I hope? I will skip the diatribe about breast size and hair color and intelligence...LOL
Tin foil hat time!
The federal government Friday called for all “conservative baby boomers” to be tested for hepatitis C. The test,which will “affect” more conservative Americans each year than AIDS, is to be made before the next election.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the recommendation to find hundreds of thousands of conservatives who don’t realize that they have the infection, which greatly increases their chances of not voting for obama.
I don’t think my reaction was unreasonable. You intimated I was a drug user. You expect me to laugh that crap off?
But... Okay... it’s forgotten.
Mercy. I never made a record album, but if I had, I’d have dressed up for it.
Woody Allen’s lawyer will be contacting you.
Don't go. It's a cookbook!
And soooo ...what will they do about it once they find out you have it — mock you and tell you that you WON’T be receiving a new liver because they gave out all the extras to illegal aliens and elderly immigrants from a zillion other nations camping out in our hospitals?
It’ll be good, though, as they will have gleaned some great statistics from it.
LOLOLOL! Best laugh of my week! I should have tried that, but I’d probably have gotten slapped silly! I just can’t keep a straight face.
He’s talking about contracting merely by handling bills that somebody else may have used in the fashion stated.
I would like to think not, but who knows.
My tin foil hat is a lot more simplistic. They’re targeting boomers because boomers are aging and fast becoming the expensive, useless eaters. If they don’t have hep, maybe they’ll get a nice vaccine, some free “vitamins”...or just a complimentary, door-prize dollar bill (laced with hep virus).
Maybe this is more for gathering information. I went to a walk in clinic the other day for an antibiotic and they asked me as part of the standard new patient questionnaire ‘Are there any guns in your house?’ This happened in NC. When I asked the nurse why that question is asked, she said its an Obama rule that came out about a year ago..
B-But it’s true it’s true I tell you! Like that time Salma Hayek kidnapped me and made me her sex slave for 3 short years. Sex 50 to 100 even 200 times a day! Oh the humanity! It wouldn’t have been that bad but her friend Megan Fox kept fighting over me that sometimes I would be forced to have sex with them both at the same time!
Just another government-sponsored medical scare.
Just another government-sponsored medical scare.
AARGH... double post.
The hepatitis C virus is transmitted by blood and unprotected sex is one way of getting it.
Remember the free love thingy of the sixties?
Maybe Woodstock era wasn’t a good thing after all.
Hippie lights joint and tries to remember.
I have read quite a few vets came back from Viet Nam to find out they had transmitted it. That’s very unfortunate.
I think their point is that the general public, not just those sharing the dollar bill to snort cocaine, could contract hepatitis C virus if they handled that dollar bill, if that's the criteria HHS is using. Another half-baked government idea.
Like anyone's gonna really care what the federal government recommends at this point.
Good grief... pour me another gin and tonic.
Anyone who ever did IV drugs or got tattoos from “informal” tattoo artists probably would do well to be tested. I had a relative who passed away a couple of years ago from liver failure due to Hepatitis C. He had been a drug user since we were teenagers. He was in his mid-50’s when he died. By the time he got around to going to the doctor it was way too late.
Notch up the temp in the hot tub while you're at it -- oh never mind, the gubmint has that function pre-installed.
Here's lookin' at Euclid!
When i was in Basic Training my tent mate got bit on the butt by a snake while pooping in the woods. I had no idea what to do so i ran to ask the Drill Sgt. He told me about cutting the fang marks and sucking out the poison. When I returned to our pup tent the victim asked me what the Drill Sgt said. I rplied, “The Drill Sgt said you are going to die!”
Heigh-o, silver hair, away -- to the sanitarium.
"Look around you, all you see are sympathetic eyes
Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home..."
I was hit with that battery of questions with every doctors’ visit in Minnesota. The questions were always asked in some sniveling condescending tone. When my annoyance of these questions became obvious, I was “diagnosed” with various “problems”. I am no longer in Minnesota, and no longer recognize any professional license issued by that state.
I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure you’re eligible for THE MONTANA LIFE SAVING MEDAL WITH BREAST DEVICE. I’ve got a room full of those medals. I’m not a hero.....just doing my duty.
Agree hep C can lay dormant for up to thirty years.
You’re on a list somewhere, Fred. :)
Wow, who knew ALL baby boomers had transfusions and are intravenous drug users. I must have been doing some serious tripping since I can't remember either one happening.
If that were the case, then they'd have everyone, not just baby boomers, getting tested. The whole thing is a crock of hooey. Follow the $$$$. What we should be most concerned about is which medical supply company makes the test and is that company getting government money?