EDITORIAL: Hep C is a blood-borne disease that is only talked about with regards to needle use but there is reason for everyone to be concerned about this possibly life threatening disease. When I was an insurance agent, construction workers were considered at higher risk for Hep C though that’s not mentioned anywhere. I know there’s Hep C in Porn Valley and there’s been plenty of talk about it being in the music industry. We hear about musicians who contend they got it from needle use for drug addiction. But NOBODY is looking at how easy it is to catch it from high risk sexual activity!
Females can transmit Hep C and HIV having certain sexual activities during their menstrual period. The State of Nevada requires Hep C testing for all their legal licensed brothel workers. Here’s the freaky part. They can work while NOT on their periods but are required to take off time while menstruating. It’s obviously an honor system which would be disconcerting to me as a consumer there but condoms are ALWAYS required for any sexual activity so there is barrier protection mandated. That is Nevada’s system which does make legalization of prostitution safer for everyone. They have a system that works, the workers are all aware of the situation so they can protect themselves and their clients.
Hep C can also be transmitted through anal sex which is MUCH more prevalent since Porn Valley has been pushing it and teens think they can stay a virgin while having anal sex. It’s considered one of the highest risk sexual activities out there for catching Hep C and HIV. You should not be practicing anal sex or sex during menstrual cycles if you are not in a monogamous relationship. You should always wear a condom unless you have a steady partner. This is the facts of life we’re talking about.
CDC, you need to add Hep C to the STD list. It’s growing because people don’t know this. Get tested today. If caught early, it can be treated. If you wait too long, it will become chronic or even cause death!!
May 18, 2012 3:34 PM
(CBS/AP) All adults born between 1945 and 1965 should get a blood test to see if they have hepatitis C, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in draft recommendations issued Friday.
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Baby boomers account for 2 million of the 3.2 million Americans infected with the blood-borne liver-destroying virus. CDC officials believe the new measure could lead 800,000 more boomers to get treatment and could save more than 120,000 lives.
“The CDC views hepatitis C as an unrecognized health crisis for the country, and we believe the time is now for a bold response,” said Dr. John W. Ward, the CDC’s hepatitis chief.
Several developments drove the CDC’s push for wider testing, he said. Recent data has shown that from 1999 and 2007, there was a 50 percent increase in the number of Americans dying from hepatitis C-related diseases. Also, two drugs hit the market last year that promise to cure many more people than was previously possible.
The hepatitis C virus is most commonly spread today through sharing needles to inject drugs. Before widespread screening of blood donations began in 1992, it was also spread through blood transfusions.
Health officials believe hundreds of thousands of new hepatitis C infections were occurring each year in the 1970s and 1980s, most of them in the younger adults of the era – the baby boomers. The hepatitis C virus was first identified in 1989.
Today, about 17,000 infections occur annually, according to CDC estimates. The virus can gradually scar the liver and lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer. It is the leading cause of liver transplants.
About 3 percent of baby boomers test positive for the virus, the CDC estimates.
The agency’s current guidelines recommend testing people known to be at high risk, including current and past injection drug users.
The new testing recommendation is expected to become final later this year.
Hepatitis C can either be “acute,” which is short-term and occurs within 6 months of exposure to the virus, or “chronic,” which can cause long-term health problems or even death. Approximately 75 percent to 85 percent of people who become infected with Hepatitis C virus develop chronic infection, and most people infected do not show any symptoms. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C – the best way to prevent it is by avoiding behaviors that can spread the disease, especially injection drug use.
The CDC has more on hepatitis C.