Clinical Preventive Service Recommendation

Hepatitis

Hepatitis B Virus Infection, Pregnant Women

The AAFP recommends screening for hepatitis B virus (HBV) in pregnant women at their first prenatal visit. (2009)

(Grade: A recommendation)
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/grades.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)
Clinical Consideration: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspshepbpg.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)

Hepatitis B Virus Infection, in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults

The AAFP recommends screening for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in persons at high risk for infection. (2014)

(Grade: B recommendation
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/grades.htm#brec(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)
Clinical Consideration: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf12/hepb/hepbfinalrs.htm#consider(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)

Hepatitis B Virus Chronic Infection

The AAFP recommends against routinely screening the general asymptomatic population for chronic hepatitis B virus infection. (2014)

(Grade: D recommendation)
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/grades.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)
Clinical Consideration: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf12/hepb/hepbfinalrs.htm#consider(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)

Hepatitis C Virus Infection, Adults

The AAFP recommends screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in persons at high risks for infection. The AAFP also recommends offering one-time screening for HCV infection to adults born between 1945 and 1965. (2013)
(Grade: B recommendation)

Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/grades.htm#poststaskforce.org(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)

Clinical Considerations: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf12hepc hepcfinalrs.htm#consider(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)


These recommendations are provided only as assistance for physicians making clinical decisions regarding the care of their patients. As such, they cannot substitute for the individual judgment brought to each clinical situation by the patient's family physician. As with all clinical reference resources, they reflect the best understanding of the science of medicine at the time of publication, but they should be used with the clear understanding that continued research may result in new knowledge and recommendations. These recommendations are only one element in the complex process of improving the health of America. To be effective, the recommendations must be implemented.