IDSA President Makes Statement on Hepatitis C Screening Recommendations

December 27, 2012

David A. Relman, doctor the president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), buy has made a strong statement about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (task force) draft recommendations on hepatitis C screening.

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is gravely concerned that an estimated 800, buy 000 baby boomers may not realize they have a potentially deadly virus if draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force regarding screening for hepatitis C virus are adopted. The Task Force’s draft is at odds with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the CDC recently recommended that all Americans born between 1945 and 1965 be screened once for hepatitis C, the Task Force recommendations merely suggest clinicians consider screening those born during that time period. This tepid recommendation will not only influence medical practice, but it could be used by private and public insurers as a reason to limit coverage and access to screening services.

Click here to read the IDSA statement.

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