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USPSTF Issues Draft Recommendations on Hepatitis B Screening — Physician’s First Watch

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February 11, 2014

USPSTF Issues Draft Recommendations on Hepatitis B Screening

By Joe Elia

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for hepatitis B virus in people at high risk.

In draft recommendations, the USPSTF says four groups should be screened:

  • People born in regions with a high prevalence of HBV infection (Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and the eastern and northern countries in South America)

  • U.S.-born children of parents born in the above regions

  • HIV-positive people, users of injection drugs, and men who have sex with men

  • Patients with a weakened immune system or undergoing hemodialysis

The task force is inviting comment on the recommendations until March 11.

Reader Comments (2)

Yoko Momoyama MD Physician, Internal Medicine

What coding do we use to assure insurance coverage like we so w hepatitis C?? We need a screening code!

Magdalena Kappelman, DO Resident, Internal Medicine, U of Minnesota

Any recommendations on screening for patients with liver disease or liver disease risk factors (ie: alcoholism)?

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