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Federal Recommendation: Expand HCV Screening

Wednesday, March 4, 2020


A federal panel has issued a new recommendation to screen "for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in adults aged 18 to 79 years" in an update of a 2013 recommendation that limited screening to those at high risk for HCV infection and older adults. 

Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults was issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on March 2, 2020 with a B rating ("high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial"). The USPSTF webpage provides detailed information: the recommendation statement, evidence summary, clinician summary, and resources for consumers and health professionals.

CDC estimates that well over 2 million Americans have HCV. In the U.S., around 25% of people with HIV are co-infected with HCV. While the percentage jumps to 75% among people with HIV who inject drugs.

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