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Screening for Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults

This topic is in the process of being updated. Please go to the Update in Progress section to see the latest documents available.

This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for hepatitis B virus infection in nonpregnant adolescents and adults.

Note: This recommendation has been updated in part for pregnant women. Go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspshepbpg.htm to view the recommendation for pregnant women.

Current Recommendation

Release Date: February 2004

  • The USPSTF recommends against routinely screening the general asymptomatic population for chronic hepatitis B virus infection.
    Grade: D Recommendation.

Supporting Documents

Recommendation Statement (PDF File, 160 KB; PDF Help)
Brief Evidence Update (PDF File, 160 KB; PDF Help)

Update in Progress

In an effort to make the USPSTF recommendations clearer and its processes more transparent, the Task Force is sharing drafts of its draft Research Plans, Evidence Reports, and Recommendation Statements for public comment. As a result, the final Recommendation Statement is not yet available.

Supporting Documents

Research Plan

USPSTF members work with researchers from an independent Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) to create a Research Plan that guides the systematic review of the evidence. The Research Plan consists of an analytic framework, key questions, and a literature search strategy or research approach.

Research Plan Related Items
Final Research Plan N/A

Evidence Report

The research team at the EPC independently gathers and reviews the available published evidence to address the questions posed by the USPSTF. The resulting draft Evidence Report is critiqued by national subject matter experts and posted for public comment before being finalized.

Evidence Report Related Items
Draft Evidence Report for Public Comment
(February 11–March 10, 2014)

Recommendation Statement

The USPSTF reviews the draft Evidence Report, evaluates the benefits and harms of the clinical preventive service, and discusses and develops one or more preliminary specific recommendations. The resulting draft Recommendation Statement is posted on this Web site for public comment before being finalized.

Recommendation Statement Related Items
Draft Recommendation Statement for Public Comment*
(February 11–March 10, 2014)
Consumer Fact Sheet (PDF File, 208 KB; PDF Help)

* Note: Draft Recommendation Statements are by their nature not final, and should not be interpreted as to represent official USPSTF recommendations for practice. Draft Recommendation Statements are provided by the USPSTF for informational purposes only.

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Current as of February 2014

Internet Citation:

Screening for Hepatitis B Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults, Topic Page. February 2004. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspshepb.htm


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