Better Drugs, Hep C Testing and Baby Boomers
January 24, 2011
New drugs take aim at hepatitis C, spur debate on whether to test baby boomers
By Lauran Neergaard (CP) – Jan 17, 2011
WASHINGTON — There’s new hope for an overlooked epidemic: Two powerful drugs are nearing the market that promise to help cure many more people of liver-attacking hepatitis C — even though most who have the simmering infection don’t know it yet.
Surprisingly, two-thirds of hepatitis C sufferers are thought to be baby boomers who’ve harboured since their younger, perhaps wilder, years a virus that can take two or three decades to do its damage.
What could be a treatment revolution is spurring the government to consider if it’s time to start screening aging baby boomers for hepatitis C, just like they get various cancer checks.
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