Screening Veterans for Hepatitis C Infection - Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease
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Screening Veterans for Hepatitis C Infection

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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.

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