HBV Tests Urged for High-Risk Groups

People at high risk for hepatitis B (HBV) should be screened for the viral infection, according to a draft recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

If approved, the recommendation would apply mainly to people born in countries where the prevalence of the disease is greater than 2%, the task force said.

But it would also apply to people born in the U.S. but not vaccinated as infants and whose parents come from regions with a high prevalence of HBV infection.

People living with HIV, injection drug users, and men who have sex with men would also be considered as being at high risk for HBV infection, as would patients with a weakened immune system or undergoing treatment for kidney failure.

The draft recommendation is available for comment until March 10 on the task force Web site.

Source:  MedPage Today