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Author Topic: Universal Hep C Test-and-Treat Policy Would Be Cost Effective  (Read 4310 times)

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Universal Hep C Test-and-Treat Policy Would Be Cost Effective
« on: November 21, 2018, 10:24:43 am »
Given how the opioid epidemic is contributing to the recent increase in transmissions of hepatitis C virus (HCV) among young peoplein the United States, researchers are calling for universal screening of the virus. Such a move would be cost effective, according to a new analysis.

Publishing their findings in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, researchers constructed a computer model to estimate the impact of a one-time universal hep C screening of U.S. adults, followed by treating all those who test positive. They compared this outcome with the current guidelines that recommend a one-time test for all baby boomers—those born between 1945 and 1965, who make up the bulk of HCV cases. Otherwise, guidelines currently advise testing non–baby boomers based on their hep C risk factors.



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