Don’t repeat hepatitis C viral load testing outside of antiviral therapy.
|Rationale and Comments:||Highly sensitive quantitative assays of hepatitis C RNA are appropriate at diagnosis and as part of antiviral therapy. Otherwise, the results of virologic testing do not change clinical management or outcomes.|
|References:||• Ghany MG, Strader DB, Thomas DL, Seeff LB. American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. Diagnosis, management,and treatment of hepatitis C: an update. Hepatology. 2009 Apr;49(4):1335–74.