Those funny guys down at the CDC are so perceptive it scares me. It’s as if they are prescient and realize a problem is brewing. Buried on page A-16 of my local Tacoma fishwrap in a small sidebar, they dutifully report that there may be a problem among baby boomers. That’s right-HCV. Apparently this sneaky little RNA virus can infect you and silently destroy your liver for years without detection. GTFOOH! Who would have thunk it?
In a effort to head off this insidious disease, baby boomers are admonished to get tested for this as it seems America is experiencing an uptick in reported cases. Gee, I guess the CDC and the vA, in spite of being fellow government agencies, are lacking “cross-functional capabilities” that vA stresses they are famous for. Too bad they didn’t do that study to see if jetguns could transmit bugs.
In any event, due to recent medical studies and statistics showing a larger number of reported infections, it behooves civilians between 45 and 60 to get tested. Vets probably don’t need to do this. It is suggested that if they have had any interactions with vA, they probably were tested for it but not told. Those individuals should get a copy of their medical records from ROI and find out themselves because the vAMC is horrendously overworked and backlogged on medical requests of all types currently. They do state they are working towards a 125-day testing model that will be 85% accurate by 2015, but I personally suggest doing it now rather than waiting six-nine months for them.
The speediest way is still to simply go to your local blood bank and donate. They’ll actually tell you in a New York minute if you’re HCV positive which seems to be something the vA is unwilling to do. If you are a Vet and have never been tested, I strongly suggest doing so. The newer commercial tests’ accuracy has improved vastly since the inception of the older methods in the nineties.