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Doctors Recommend Baby Boomers Get Tested For Hepatitis C

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Hepatitis C affects more than 3 million adults, most baby boomers. New York has passed legislation to become the first state to require doctors to offer the test to this age group. But some doctors are opposed to it, and it's unclear whether Governor Cuomo will sign the measure.

Source: NPR

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James W. Young from NY, NY

I found your story to be timely and interesting for the general public. That said, I thought it was incomplete. I found that it lacked sufficient, if any detail about the true risks of untreated hepatitis C, or what a physician or patient would do about a positive Hep C antibody test in terms of confirming the result and then starting treatment. Most importantly, I don't recall your saying at any point that unlike some other viruses, hepatitis C can be treated, which is one of the main reason to test the at-risk baby boomer population - as well as to encourage that they get vaccinated against hep A and B. Perhaps you are familiar with the NYC Health Commissioner Thomas Farley's recent email blast to NYC healthcare providers about hep C testing and treatment. You must also be familiar with the NYC DOHMH website on this topic as well. Inclusion of this sort of follow-on information would have made a more complete story.

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James W. Young, MD, FACP
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065
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Division of Hematologic Oncology | Department of Medicine | Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
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Jul. 10 2013 06:58 PM

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