Latest CDC Hepatitis C Recommendations
What Group is the CDC Targeting for HCV Testing?
If you are a Baby Boomer, then it’s you! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is recommending everyone born in 1945 through 1965 be tested for Hepatitis C. This group represents over 75% of adult Americans with Hepatitis C Virus (HCV).
Your Bloodborne Pathogens education has taught you that HCV is the leading cause of liver transplants and liver cancer. The shocking part of this is that three out of four people with HCV don’t know they are infected. While prior guidelines recommend testing for at-risk people (that really does include us, folks) most people (including us) do not perceive themselves to be at risk, so are not tested.
Actually, all technicians need to be aware of the latest information, because even if you do not fall into the Baby Boomer age range, you most definitely work on clients that do. Be proactive and informed and read what the CDC has to say about this:
In view of our industry risk factors and this latest CDC recommendation, there is no reason for us not to be tested