U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Draft Recommendation for Hepatitis B Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation to upgrade screening for Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in non-pregnant adolescents and adults at high risk for infection from a “D” recommendation to a “B” recommendation. Persons considered at high risk for HBV infection include persons from high-prevalence countries, persons who are HIV-positive, injection drug users, household contacts of persons with HBV infection, and men who have sex with men. The significance of the upgrade to a “B” recommendation is that all “A” and “B” recommendations for screening are to be offered by health plans without co-payments under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The recommendation is based on a detailed review of clinical evidence.

Link to Original Source

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has prepared a fact sheet explaining the draft recommendation:

Link to Original Source

Public comments on the draft recommendation are due on March 10, 2014 and may be submitted online.

This entry was posted in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health, Immigrant and Refugee Health. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s