The CDC Just recommended baby boomers get tested for Hepatitis C. Why not those born before 1945?
I was born in 1944, one year short of making it into the baby boom the CDC recommendations apply to. I was one lucky kid. Dad was in the Navy, but we lived in South Norfolk and he was in the Shore Patrol so Norfolk was his duty station for the whole European phase of the war. He only got deployed to the European Theater (Italy) after VE day, to help police the devastated Axis powers until a non-Nazi civilian police force could take over.
By being born a year before the CDC’s cutoff date, am I immune? Do they just figure if I am still alive today, I probably don’t have it because it hasn’t killed me yet? Or did they just pick a convenient set of dates, and should I make sure I get myself tested for the virus. As far as I know, I have no symptoms of compromised liver function. But Hepatitis C is famous for lying dormant and undetected for many decades. And while I’ve never used IV drugs, never had a blood transfusion or gotten a tattoo, I’ve had way more than my share of cuts and gashes where a virus could have gotten into my blood stream.
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