Sep 15, 2014 Issue
Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in persons at high risk of infection. The USPSTF also recommends offering one-time screening for HCV infection to adults born between 1945 and 1965.

Sep 15, 2014 Issue
Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults [Putting Prevention into Practice]

T.S. is a 59-year-old white man born in 1955. He presents as a new patient to request a refill of his cholesterol medication. He has an unremarkable medical history. When you inquire about his social history, he reports that he has been married for 30 years, drinks a moderate amount of alcohol, does...

Jul 1, 2013 Issue
CDC Issues Recommendations for Identifying HCV Infection in Persons Born in 1945 Through 1965 [Practice Guidelines]

Identifying HCV infection through testing is important to improve health outcomes in persons born in 1945 through 1965, because of increased risk of liver cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and extrahepatic complications. The HCV Birth Cohort Testing Work Group, including experts from the Centers ...

Dec 1, 2012 Issue
Hepatitis A [Article]

Hepatitis A is a common viral illness worldwide, although the incidence in the United States has diminished in recent years as a result of extended immunization practices. Hepatitis A virus is transmitted through fecal-oral contamination, and there are occasional outbreaks through food sources. Youn...

Nov 15, 2010 Issue
Caring for Pregnant Women and Newborns with Hepatitis B or C [Article]

Family physicians encounter diagnostic and treatment issues when caring for pregnant women with hepatitis B or C and their newborns. When hepatitis B virus is perinatally acquired, an infant has approximately a 90 percent chance of becoming a chronic carrier and, when chronically infected, has a 15 ...

Jun 1, 2010 Issue
Hepatitis C: Diagnosis and Treatment [Article]

Hepatitis C, a common chronic bloodborne infection, is found in approximately 2 percent of adults in the United States. Chronic infection is associated with serious morbidity and mortality (e.g., cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma). Testing for hepatitis C is recommended for at-risk populations, ...

Apr 15, 2010 Issue
Hepatitis B: Diagnosis and Treatment [Article]

Although an estimated 1 million persons in the United States are chronically infected with hepatitis B virus, the prevalence of hepatitis B has declined since the implementation of a national vaccination program. Hepatitis B virus is transmitted in blood and secretions. Acute infection may cause non...

Oct 15, 2009 Issue
NIH Consensus Statement on Management of Hepatitis B [Practice Guidelines]

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Development Panel has produced a report on the management of hepatitis B virus (HBV) created by independent panels of health professionals and public representatives using a systematic literature review.

Feb 15, 2009 Issue
AASLD Updates Chronic Hepatitis B Recommendations [Practice Guidelines]

Updated recommendations from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) include the preferred diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive approaches to chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.

Jun 15, 2008 Issue
Hepatitis C (Chronic) [Clinical Evidence Handbook]

What are the effects of interventions in treatment-naive persons with chronic infection but without liver decompensation? What are the effects of interventions to treat persons with chronic infection, but without liver decompensation, who have not responded to or relapse after interferon treatment? ...

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