Aggressive Hep C Screenings May Be Doing More Harm Than Good

January 15, 2015 5:58 AM

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For a long time, health authorities have felt that aggressive screening for Hepatitis C is the best way to combat the virus. After all, the Baby Boomer generation was rife with intravenous drug use and unprotected sex (admittedly before we really knew much about the effects of these behaviors). And so, it had become somewhat common knowledge to test heavily for the virus, a policy that has been widely endorsed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (as well as other health agencies).

But Hepatitis C is also categorized by liver inflammation and that can be caused by the use of hard drugs, the introduction of other toxins, infection from other diseases, and heavy alcohol use. A new study, though, suggests that while screening could definitely help to identify new Hepatitis C case...

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