When are foreign-born residents of the US screened for hepatitis B (HBV) (Hep B)?

Updated: Aug 01, 2018
  • Author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The United States currently screens foreign-born residents for HBV infection if their country of origin has an HBV prevalence of 2% or greater. According to a model developed by Eckman et al, although this threshold for screening is cost-effective, a broader screening program with a threshold of 1.3% or even 0.3% country-of-origin prevalence would be cost-effective as well, suggesting a reconsideration of the current policy. [46]


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