Universal Screening of Pregnant Women for Hepatitis C: The Time Is Now

Ravi Jhaveri, Tina Broder, Debika Bhattacharya, Marion G. Peters, Arthur Y. Kim, Maureen M. Jonas

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1493-1497
Number of pages5
JournalClinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Volume67
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 30 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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