Conflicting HCV screening recommendations spark debate

Controversy arose in 2012 when the CDC recommended that all adults born from 1945 through 1965 be screened for hepatitis C, but the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force made a softer draft recommendation, saying HCV screening should be considered for baby boomers. Forty-five to 85% of adults with chronic HCV are unaware they have the disease, and 76.5% of Americans who have HCV are baby boomers, the CDC says. However, the USPSTF said routinely screening baby boomers would not yield a high benefit. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/27)

ACG note: ACG recently joined interested stakeholders in submitting comments to these proposed USPSTF recommendations. Read the joint letter.