WHO Issues Its First Guidelines for Managing Hepatitis C Infection — Physician’s First Watch
WHO Issues Its First Guidelines for Managing Hepatitis C Infection
By Kelly Young
The World Health Organization has issued its first recommendations on screening for and treating hepatitis C infection.
Among the recommendations:
Patients at high risk should receive an initial screening. Those who screen positive should be tested again to determine whether their infection is chronic.
Patients with chronic infection should receive an alcohol assessment, and those with moderate-to-high alcohol use should be offered a behavioral intervention to reduce intake.
Pegylated interferon with ribavirin is the recommended treatment.
The authors also make specific treatment recommendations based on HCV genotype.