12/13/2012

The Infectious Diseases Society of America is calling on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to rethink its guidelines for hepatitis C screening. The society wants the USPSTF to recommend routine testing for all Americans born from 1945 to 1965 rather than recommending that testing be considered by clinicians. "We believe that, on balance, the recommendation will cause harm by diminishing the amount of hepatitis C testing just at a time when hepatitis C treatments and our ability to cure the infection are increasing, and the disease implications are increasing," said Dr. David Thomas, chairman of the society's hepatitis C task force.

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