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New Cohort Shows the Impact of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C on the "Baby Boom" Generation

November 12, 2012

A new study indicates that 75 percent of hepatitis C infections were among patients born between 1945 and 1964, and 50 percent of all hepatitis B infections were in the same age group. Both infections have a serious impact on health, causing high rates of hospitalization and death. The results were from the newly established Chronic Hepatitis Cohort Study (CHeCS), which investigated the larger implications and impact of chronic hepatitis B and C on the U.S. population.

The participants were 11,000 patients over age 18 years, who had confirmed chronic hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection and had been treated between 2006 and 2008 in Detroit, Michigan; Danville, Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon; and Honolulu, Hawaii. New patients will be added as they enter care. The 2,202 patients with hepatitis B had been in treatment for a median of 5.3 years. One-half of the patients were born between 1945 and 1964; most were men; 58 percent were Asian or Pacific Islander; and 13 percent were black. About 706 (47 percent) had an undetectable

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