Screening for Hepatitis C Virus: How Universal Is Universal?

Ravi Jhaveri*

*Corresponding author for this work

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In March and April of 2020, public health authorities issued major updates to screening recommendations for hepatitis C virus infection. With the rise in cases driven by injection drug use coupled with access to highly effective therapies promising a cure, all adults aged ≥18 years should receive one-time hepatitis C virus antibody screening in any health care setting. Although the recommendation is dubbed “universal,” this commentary reviews the details of the recommendations and discusses the high-risk populations not entirely captured with these changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1434-1441
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Therapeutics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2020


  • baby boomers
  • hepatitis C virus
  • injection drug use
  • pregnant women
  • screening
  • young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmacology


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