Until recently, HCV screening was recommended only for those with elevated liver function tests or who were at risk for the virus. Risk factors included a history of injection drug use, blood transfusions before 1992, or long-term hemodialysis.
But in May, the CDC suggested updating its HCV screening recommendations to include a one-time test for all those born from 1945 through 1965 -- the "baby boomers" -- given the high burden of disease in this population. That suggestion, after some public comment, was made final in August.
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Source: MedPage Today