Hepatitis is estimated to affect 2 billion people around the world, making it a global public health threat. Every year, 30 million more people are infected with the disease.
The disease is especially problematic because it can sit undiagnosed for years due to its lack of symptoms such that even with a caregiver in Georgia, their symptoms can still be missed.
Fortunately, we all can do something to stop the spread of this infectious disease—starting with the senior members of our household.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seniors carry a hidden risk for Hepatitis C, one type of hepatitis, due to them being born between 1945 and 1965. For reference, hepatitis testing was first done in the ’70s and ’80s.
As a provider of home care services in Loganville, Georgia, we at Acis Personal Home Care, LLC are one with home care agencies in Georgia and the world in reducing hepatitis cases through preventative care.
That said, being a senior at this time does not automatically translate to your loved ones having the disease in the same way that having access to testing when it was made available cannot guarantee that they don’t have it. It is still vital to know what other risk factors they have:
- Having had a blood transfusion, blood products, or organ donations before June 1992 as this the time when sensitive tests for HCV were introduced for blood screening
- Working as a healthcare worker before and suffering from needle-stick accidents
- Using drugs through injection and other shared equipment even once in their youth
- Having had multiple partners and/or sexually transmitted disease in the past
- Having shared personal care items such as toothbrushes and razors with someone who had the disease