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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 26, 2013

New Guidance for Hepatitis C Testing

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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.

JAMA. 2013;309(24):2545. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6980

About half of people with newly detected hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection don't receive sufficient follow-up testing to know whether theirs is a past infection that has resolved or a current infection that requires treatment. To help ensure that people with current infections are properly treated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that anyone who tests positive for HCV antibodies receive a follow-up HCV RNA test (http://tinyurl.com/orz3xdb).

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