Pregnant People Should Be Screened for Hepatitis C

Pregnant People Should Be Screened for Hepatitis C

In 2018, there were an estimated 50,300 cases of acute hepatitis C in the United States. A recent study reported that 25% of pregnant women who tested positive for hepatitis C virus (HCV) were diagnosed during pregnancy. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends hepatitis C screening for all adults at least once in their lifetime. In accordance, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is now also recommending hepatitis C screening during every pregnancy. Direct-acting antiviral therapy for hepatitis C is not specifically approved for pregnant individuals, but treatment guidelines state that pregnant people may be treated after a discussion of the risks and benefits.

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