.....but you can see below new infections are about equal in millennial (20-30s), baby boomers (mid-50s to early 70s) and Generation X less at 23% (late 30s to 50s), so make no mistake about it there is an increase in new infections among young in 20s & 30s due in large part to the opioid epidemic along with great concerns about infection among young women affecting pregnancy & newborns: high rates were reported at CROI this year for young women affecting pregnancy & newborns:
Health authorities estimate that 6% of women with active HCV will pass the hepatitis virus to their infants. That rate jumps to 11% in women coinfected with HIV. The researchers noted that about 5 times more babies in the state get exposed to HCV (about 1800 in 2019) than to HIV (343 in 2018). Of the 343 infants exposed to HIV in 2018, none got infected. Another trend is increasing HCV new infections for both HIV-neg & HIV+ MSM. Of note at CROI a study reported 44% of IDUs in the USA have HCV.