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The CDC  made a recommendation that all baby boomers receive Hepatitis C testing*.

In the US, it is estimated that 1-1.5% are living with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. People born during 1945–1965 account for approximately three fourths of all chronic HCV infections among adults in the US. There are effective treatments available for HCV, but most people do not know they are infected and therefore do not receive the necessary care.

As recommended by the CDC:

  • Adults born during 1945–1965 should receive one-time testing for HCV without prior ascertainment of HCV risk (Strong Recommendation, Moderate Quality of Evidence),
  • All persons identified with HCV infection should receive a brief alcohol screening and intervention as clinically indicated, followed by referral to appropriate care and treatment services for HCV infection and related conditions (Strong Recommendation, Moderate Quality of Evidence).

HCV testing is the first step toward improving health outcomes for persons infected with HCV.

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 People who may be at risk for hepatitis C are those who:

  • Have been on long-term kidney dialysis
  • Have regular contact with blood at work, such as health care workers
  • Have unprotected sexual contact with a person who has hepatitis C (this risk is much less common than hepatitis B, but the risk is higher for those who have many sex partners, already have a sexually transmitted disease, or are infected with HIV)
  • Inject street drugs or share a needle with someone who has hepatitis C
  • Received a blood transfusion before July 1992
  • Received a tattoo or acupuncture with contaminated instruments
  • Received blood, blood products, or solid organs from a donor who has hepatitis C
  • Share personal items such as toothbrushes and razors with someone who has hepatitis C (less common)
  • Were born to a hepatitis C-infected mother (this occurs in about 1 out of 20 babies born to mothers with HCV, which is much less common than with hepatitis B)

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Medical Disclaimer:  The information included on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her health care provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.  The writer is not a physician or other health provider.


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If you want to take control of your health, save money and get answers quickly, know that you can order your own blood laboratory test via the service on the internet.  Discount blood tests are available to consumers nationwide.

 

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Perhaps you have some symptoms or maybe you just want to test for asymptomatic diseases.  Typcially, you would make an appointment with your doctor, wait in the waiting room, then the examining room, get a perscription for some blood tests and finally going to the patient service center to have your blood drawn.  Next you would wait for the physician’s office to call you with the results, then set up another appointment to discuss them with your doctor.  This process could take days or weeks!

Many people are cutting out the medical middlepersons and ordering their own lab work.  Go to www.HealthOneLabs.com, choose the tests you would like and utilize the secure, HIPPA compliant website and shopping cart.  The process takes less than 5 minutes to order and within a small amount of time you’ll receive the paperwork to take to the lab and have your blood drawn.  Most test results are ready the next day, so you can view your patient-friendly results and schedule a physician’s appointment to discuss them with your doctor; avoiding two appointments, time and money.  Tests prices are much lower since Health One is passing on their volumn discount to their customer.  At this time, insurance is not accepted but since most of the popular tests are only $29-$89, prices are typically lower than what an insured would pay for their co-pay.

Most Popular Tests:

  1. Comprehensive Health Profile – $59 – includes lipid panel, CBC, liver function, kidney function, glucose and more
  2. Men’s Health Value Package – $89 – includes lipids, CBC, liver function, kidney function, glucose, PSA, Urinalysis and more
  3. Women’s Health Value Package – $89 – includes lipids, CBC, liver function, kidney function, glucose, Thyroid panel, Urinalysis and more

 

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Medical Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her health care provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. The writer is not a physician or other health provider.


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Chlamydia, a STD, Can Cause Serious Harm

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Chlamydia is a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) that is easily detected with a laboratory test and is recommended as an annual test for those that are sexually active.

Why get tested?

  • Chlamydia sometimes causes no symptoms, so you may be infected and not know it.
  • Chlamydia symptoms, if present, can include pain while urinating or abnormal discharge.
  • It can be transferred to a partner without knowing you are infected
  • Women with chlamydia are up to 5 times more likely to become infected with HIV virus and more likely to get cervical cancer
  • Chlamydia can be passed from an infected mother to her baby.
  • Chlamydia is under reported because people aren’t aware they have an infection and therefore do not get treated.

There are approximately 2.8 million Americans that are infected with chlamydia each year which is the most frequently reported bacterial STD in the US.  Again, there is an easy screening test that can be conducted from a urine sample which will indicate whether chlamydia is present or absent.

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Schedule your chlamydia and other STD tests now to have peace of mind.  Talk to your physician if you have additional questions regarding chlamydia or other STDs; they can recommend further testing or counseling as necessary.

Medical Disclaimer:  The information on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her health care provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.  The writer is not a physician or health provider.

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