for Health Care Providers
Screening Veterans for Hepatitis C Infection - Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is an important public health issue in the Veteran community. Since 1998, the Veterans Health Administration has initiated and implemented a comprehensive National Hepatitis C Program to screen and treat Veterans for HCV.
Current guidelines recommend that all adults age 18-79 be tested for hepatitis C. Additional risk factors may require more regular screening:
- Using injection drugs
- Obtaining tattoos or body-piercings in non-regulated settings
- Sharing equipment to snort drugs
- 50 or more lifetime sexual partners
- Sexual exposure to an HCV-infected partner
- Recent incarceration
Clinicians are urged to utilize the Hepatitis C Virus Antibody Screening Flow Chart if there is a presence or history of any of the above criteria.
References and Resources
- Summaries of HCV Screening Recommendations
- Hepatitis C Virus Testing of Persons Born During 1945-1965: Recommendations From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Annals of Internal Medicine. 2012 Dec;157(11):817-822.
- Hepatitis C Fact Sheets for Patients