All baby boomers—those born between 1945 and 1965—should be screened for hepatitis C virus (HCV), along with those at high risk for infection.
The US Preventive Services Task Force recommended one-time screening for baby boomers. However, those with ongoing risks for HCV infection, such as injection drug users, should be screened periodically. The task force said screening should be voluntary and performed only with the patient’s knowledge. Before screening, patients should be counseled about HCV infection, including how it’s acquired, what positive and negative test results mean, and the benefits and harms of treatment.
From JAMA’s Daily News Site. JAMA. 2013;310(10):1014. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.276934