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This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for hepatitis C.
Release Date: March 2004
- The USPSTF recommends against routine screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in asymptomatic adults who are not at increased risk (general population) for infection.
Grade: D Recommendation.
- The USPSTF found insufficient evidence to recommend for or against routine screening for HCV infection in adults at high risk for infection.
Grade: I Statement.
Update in Progress
In an effort to make the USPSTF recommendations clearer and its processes more transparent, the Task Force is sharing drafts of many of its documents for public comment, including draft Research Plans and draft Recommendation Statements. The final Recommendation Statement is not yet available.
The research team at the Evidence-based Practice Center 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 before being finalized.
|Evidence Report||Related Items|
|Evidence Report, Screening (PDF File, 124 KB; PDF Help)||Comparative Effectiveness Report, Screening|
|Evidence Report, Mother-to-Infant Transmission (PDF File, 40 KB; PDF Help)|
|Evidence Report, Treatment (PDF File, 226 KB; PDF Help)||Comparative Effectiveness Report, Treatment|
The USPSTF reviews the 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*
(November 27–December 24, 2012)
|Consumer Fact Sheet (PDF File, 86 KB; PDF Help)|
|Informational Graphic: Who the USPSTF Proposes Be Screened for Hepatitis C (PDF File, 1.3 MB; 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.
Current as of January 2013
Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection, Topic Page. November 2012. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspshepc.htm