The National Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis details specific opportunities for health care providers, patients, and community leaders to help address viral hepatitis.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) gives these recommendations regarding screening for hepatitis B and C:
•Screen for hepatitis B virus infection in pregnant women at their first prenatal visit (Grade A)
•Screen for hepatitis B virus infection in persons at high risk for infection (Grade B)
•Screen for hepatitis C virus infection in persons at high risk for infection. Offer 1-time screening for hepatitis C virus infection to adults born between 1945 and 1965 (Grade B).
The only way to diagnose chronic viral hepatitis is blood testing. Hepatitis B and hepatitis C testing are covered preventive services under the Affordable Care Act.
Downloads and Links
- Guidelines link: