Ryan Clary ,Executive director of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
Posted: 01/08/2015 4:25 pm EST
As we enter 2015, nonprofit organizations that specialize in health advocacy start to compile lists of ambitious resolutions for the New Year. They pledge to spread the word more widely than ever about a particular cause, to exert influence over lawmakers, and to enlist more scientists, advocates and donors in the latest public health crusade.
You get the idea.
And I, as executive director of just such a nonprofit, could do the same. I could give you a rundown on our own resolutions to end the infectious disease known as hepatitis C.
Instead, I'm going to be really presumptuous. I'm going to take the liberty of making resolutions on behalf of others. I'll spell out the vows that I believe all the key stakeholders in the fight against hepatitis C should follow in the year ahead.
Here's my wish list:
Baby boomers. Know your status. Get tested. Tell your friends. No generation of Americans is at greater risk for hepatitis C than individuals born from 1945 through 1965. In fact, boomers are five times more likely than other Americans to have the disease. Yet awareness of hepatitis C among baby boomers remains dangerously low. All too often, even while serious liver damage is silently occurring, the disease goes long undetected, sometimes for decades
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