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Action Alert: Tell USPSTF to change their aged based rating to a "B"
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Fails
Baby Boomers at Risk for Hepatitis C
Please Take 30 Minutes to Help Save Over 100,000 Lives
Tell the USPSTF to increase their rating for age based screening to “B”!
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has updated its recommendations on hepatitis C testing and released a draft on November 26th. The draft recommendations on testing hepatitis C among injection drug users and others at high risk is a major improvement over previous guidelines (a grade “B”, meaning testing is recommended). However, the Task Force failed to match the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s lifesaving recommendation of testing all those born between 1945 to 1965 for hepatitis C. It recommends only a “C” grade, which does not recommend testing everyone in this birth cohort and states that there is only a “small benefit” for testing those who do not have symptoms. The USPSTF’s recommendation also conflicts with the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, and the commitment from the federal government to mount a real fight against the hepatitis C epidemic. The hepatitis C treatment landscape is changing and improving rapidly. People need to know their hepatitis C status and be linked to care to benefit from treatment advances.
You can read the draft recommendations and submit public comment here:
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