The USPSTF recommends screening for Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in adults aged 18 years to 79 years.
How Hepatitis C is spread:
Hepatitis C is spread primarily by exposure to blood containing the hepatitis C virus or contaminated needles.
People should avoid sharing razors, razor blades, toothbrushes, and nail clippers.
The risk of transmission of hepatitis C may also be higher if intercourse occurs during menstruation or with anal sex, which is more likely to cause bleeding.
The risk of contracting hepatitis C increases significantly if a person has HIV or has multiple short-term sexual relationships with partners infected with hepatitis C. In such cases, routine condom use is advised to reduce the risk of transmission.
Presently, there is no vaccine against Hepatitis C.
The good news is that there are effective medications for the cure of hepatitis C. However, these medications are very expensive and not easily accessible by everyone needing treatment.
The US preventive services task force is inviting public comments about a draft recommendation statement on Hepatitis C virus infection screening between the ages of 18 to 79 years.
Hepatitis C virus infection is a leading cause of hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and liver transplant. With early diagnosis and treatment, complications of hepatitis C infection are preventable.
America’s health guidelines lead the way in global health. The outcome of this recommendation will impact the way the rest of the world implements screening for hepatitis C infection.
To participate in the public discussion, follow this link.
Updated March 13, 2020