The epidemiology of hepatitis C virus (HCV) has changed significantly over the last decade. Once most prevalent among older adults, the current burden has disproportionately affected young adults including women of childbearing age (WOCA). The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine recently issued guidelines that made no change in the recommendation to screen pregnant women based on risk factors. The current burden in young adults including WOCA supports a change in strategy away from risk-based screening to universal HCV screening in pregnancy. Universal screening offers several advantages that position us for a future where HCV treatment in pregnancy can happen and offers us progress toward the elimination of HCV.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America|
|State||Published - Oct 30 2018|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases