Are you at risk for Hepatitis C?

The CDC has listed risk factors for all individuals, especially Baby Boomers, to realize about the silent, albeit potentially lethal infection we know as Hepatitis C. The risks include the following:
• History of blood transfusions or other blood products, or organ transplant before widespread adoption of screening measures
• Long-term dialysis treatment
• Exposure to hepatitis C such as through a health care setting
• Infection with HIV, the AIDS virus
• Children born to mothers with hepatitis C
• Tattooing or piercing with non-sterile instruments
• Injection drug use
A lot of times these types of risks are not even realized by the individuals that could be carrying the infectious disease. A caregiver has to realize that they may be able to live for decades (and so can their clients) before the Hep C begins to slowly destroy the liver; still with no symptoms. The earlier that the infection is discovered, the better of the person is that may be carrying Hepatitis C in their system since they may be able to avoid any liver damage and especially get away from liver cancer.
Baby Boomer caregivers need to be tested, or to ensure that their Baby Boomer clients to get tested as soon as possible – no matter the outcome. It is better to know and get treated early than for the liver to begin its decline. It is just yet another matter of showing that With Age Comes Respect.


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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