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USPSTF Releases Hepatitis C Screening Recommendations

Ronald Valdiserri

Dr. Ronald Valdiserri

The new Recommendation Statement Exit Disclaimer on screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Exit Disclaimer (USPSTF) this week represents a critical step toward achieving the prevention, care and treatment goals outlined in the federal government’s Viral Hepatitis Action Plan. The new recommendation updates and expands the 2004 USPSTF recommendation, giving a “Grade B” recommendation for HCV screening in persons at high risk for infection while now also including one-time screening for HCV infection in adults born between 1945 and 1965 in that recommendation. (Read the complete new USPSTF HCV screening recommendations Exit Disclaimer.)

USPSTF HepatitisCreating more standard, consistent federal recommendations on hepatitis C testing was, in fact, one of the strategies articulated in the Action Plan. The new USPSTF Recommendation Statement aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Recommendations for the Identification of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Persons Born During 1945–1965 [PDF 879 KB], issued in 2012. In that document, the CDC recommended that in addition to offering screening for persons at high risk, all adults born between 1945 and 1965 should be screened once for HCV. These aligned recommendations from USPSTF and CDC send a clear signal to health care professionals, policymakers, and the public that screening for HCV is effective and should be conducted. It is hoped that this alignment of recommendations will reduce confusion among healthcare providers, increase awareness of the importance of hepatitis C screening and improve testing rates—ultimately identifying millions of Americans previously unaware of their infection status and preventing the associated liver disease and deaths attributable to undiagnosed chronic HCV infection.

For more information about the new recommendation, see these resources:

Comments

  1. juan c mayor says:

    Cuando saldrá un medicamento que mate el virus de la hepatitis C ,yo me trate con rivabirin y a inyección pegasus y no me hizo efecto sigo con el virus ,responder por favor a mi pregunta gracias y también tengo cirrosis

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