New treatment guidelines convey a startling reality: hepatitis C isn’t only a baby boomer problem anymore. Spurred by the opioid epidemic and a national spike in heroin use, the disease poses a growing threat to young people. That includes women of childbearing age. The trend has led experts at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the Infectious Diseases Society of America to turn their attention to this vulnerable population.
Long considered an affliction of the baby boomer generation, hepatitis C now has spiked among a surprising new population: young people.
Hepatitis C infections hit a 15-year high in 2015, new information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals. And the rate of infection almost tripled over five years.