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Author Topic: CDC Says Test All Adults for Hepatitis C  (Read 6975 times)

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CDC Says Test All Adults for Hepatitis C
« on: May 26, 2020, 11:51:55 am »
All adults age 18 and older should be screened for hepatitis C virus (HCV) at least once unless the local prevalence of the virus is very low, according to updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This brings the CDC in line with the latest recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued last month as well as the guidelines from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

“The CDC guidance is necessary to increase the screening and surveillance of hepatitis C so that we can identify, treat and cure hundreds of thousands of Americans who don’t know they are living with the illness and are unknowingly passing it on to their loved ones,” said National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable director Lauren Canary. “Especially at a time when liver disease and other underlying illnesses place thousands at increased risk of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to increase the screening and treatment of hepatitis C.”



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