New CDC Recommendations For Hepatitis C

New CDC Recommendations For Hepatitis C

Baby boomers make up 75 percent of hepatitis C cases in the U.S., but many don’t know they have the potentially deadly virus. How to better identify and treat hep C.

It is estimated that around 3.2 million Americans are infected with Hepatitis C. Often referred to as the “silent killer,” the blood-borne virus can cause serious liver damage – and even death. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that all baby boomers, born between 1945 and 1965, be tested for the virus. These new guidelines are expected to save more than 120,000 lives. While awareness has increased and more treatments have become available, many Americans still don’t know they have it. Diane and guests talk about how to better identify and treat Hepatitis C.

Guests

Dr. John Ward

director of the division of viral hepatitis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. David Thomas

director of the division of infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins Medicine and former director of the hepatitis C clinic at Johns Hopkins.

Paul Roepe

chemistry and biochemistry professor at Georgetown Medical University and co-director of the Georgetown Center for Infectious Disease.

Martha Saly

director of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable.

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