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USPSTF Releases Hepatitis C Screening Recommendations

USPSTF Hepatitis

The new Recommendation Statement on screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force  (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…

Increasing Routine Viral Hepatitis Testing

Ronald Valdiserri

The Viral Hepatitis Action Plan spells out the importance of identifying persons infected with viral hepatitis early in the course of their disease as an important component of national efforts to improve diagnosis, care and treatment to prevent liver disease and liver cancer.  As awareness of viral hepatitis increases and treatment options become more effective…