The CDC wants boomers to get a blood test they may not need?

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Seems to be a scam to me but yesterday the MSM was reporting that the CDC wants all baby boomers to get a one time only hepatitis C blood test. Apparently they think there are baby boomers walking around with the hepatitis C virus who don't know it.

A couple things. Why just baby boomers? And who pays for the test which runs about $100? And what assurances do we that this is not a scam to get collect DNA? Why an illnesses that is blood borne and that many have not been in a situation to get it? I bet even some MDs are rolling their eyes on this one. Chances are that 99.999% will turn out negative. Why not cut a jet plane or two from the defense budget to pay for the tests for everyone? If you demand things like this then the country MUST have Single Payer health care.

http://news.yahoo.com/cdc-baby-boomers-tested-hepatitis-c-160522730.html

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My best friend died of NASH, a liver disease that you can detect early because it gives a false positive for Hep C. NASH ( http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/nash/ ) has few if any symptoms, affects up to 25% of the population, and can take "decades" to develop. If detected before it becomes symptomatic it is easy to treat; if symptomatic it is about as deadly as heart disease. If the blood bank that gave my friend the Hep C test had known about the Hep C / NASH connection (it took him 15 years to become symptomatic - after that he lived 2) he would be alive today. btw - NASH was less common than polio 20 years ago; its progress is in direct correlation to the obesity epidemic and the use of high fructose corn syrup.

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