Task Force Recommends Hepatitis B Screening for People at Increased Risk

Task Force Recommends Hepatitis B Screening for People at Increased Risk

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released a final recommendation that promotes hepatitis B virus (HBV) screening for all asymptomatic, nonpregnant adolescents and adults who are at increased risk for infection, including individuals who were vaccinated before screening. Issued in 2009, the USPSTF recommendation for universal hepatitis B screening of pregnant women remains unchanged. With “moderate certainty,” the USPSTF judged that hepatitis B screening for nonpregnant adolescents and adults at higher risk for infection has a “moderate net benefit,” deemed a Grade B recommendation. “We must increase provider awareness, commit to widespread testing and reconsider the public health benefits of recommending universal adult hepatitis B vaccination over risk-based vaccination in the same way that we already recommend universal childhood hepatitis B vaccination so that we can definitively end transmission of hepatitis B in the United States,” she added. Click here to read the USPSTF recommendation for hepatitis B screening.

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