Expert Applauds New Draft Recommendation for HCV Screening

A new draft recommendation for hepatitis C virus (HCV) that recommends screening for adults ages 18 to 79 is exactly what's needed to address the dramatic increase in incidence of the disease, according to a University at Buffalo professor who is an expert on HCV.

The draft recommendation

was issued today by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in disease prevention that works to improve the health of Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services. Previously, screening was recommended only for individuals at high risk and a one-time screening for baby boomers, those born between 1940 and 1965.

"This draft recommendation is a tremendous step forward in addressing the grim realities