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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comment on its Draft Recommendation Statement on Hepatitis B Screening for High-Risk Adults

US PSTF LogoThis week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Exit Disclaimer (USPSTF) issued its draft recommendation statement pertaining to hepatitis B screening, recommending screening people who are at high risk for hepatitis B infection. Before finalizing the recommendation, the USPSTF is inviting public comments on the draft statement until March 10, 2014.

The Task Force is an independent group of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medications.

After reviewing the evidence, the Task Force draft recommendation calls for screening people who have the following risk factors for hepatitis B:

  • People who were born in countries and regions with a high prevalence of HBV infection, such as Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and the northern countries in South America.
  • U.S.-born persons not vaccinated as infants whose parents were born in regions with a high prevalence of HBV infection
  • People who are HIV-positive, injection drug users, and men who have sex with men.
  • Patients who are have a weakened immune system or undergo treatment for kidney failure (hemodialysis).

Read the full draft recommendations for HBV screening Exit Disclaimer.

Public comments on the draft statement can be submitted online Exit Disclaimer to the Task Force until March 10.

A fact sheet Exit Disclaimer [PDF 207KB] that explains the draft recommendation statement in plain language is also available along with a press release Exit Disclaimer [PDF 117KB].

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  1. These kind of activities should be released every year to make a better and healthy world. Every people in this world has the right for a better health.

  2. The meer idea of hepatitis screening is so logical that I thought it was already being done. Thanks for enlightening me.

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