Testing for HCV Infection

Jane P. Getchell, DrPH; Kelly E. Wroblewski, MPH; Alfred DeMaria Jr, MD; Christine L. Bean, PhD; Monica M. Parker, PhD; Mark Pandori, PhD; D. Robert Dufour, MD; Michael P. Busch, MD, PhD; Mark E. Brecher, MD; William A. Meyer, PhD; Rick L. Pesano, MD, PhD; Chong-Gee Teo, MD, PhD; Geoffrey A. Beckett, MPH; Aufra C. Araujo, PhD; Bernard M. Branson, MD; Jan Drobeniuc, MD, PhD; Rikita Hatia, MPH; Scott D. Holmberg, MD, MPH; Saleem Kamili, PhD; John W. Ward, MD

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Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2013;62(18):362-365. 

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Benefits of Testing for Current HCV Infection

Accurate testing to identify current infection is important to 1) help clinicians and other providers correctly identify persons infected with HCV, so that preventive services, care and treatment can be offered; 2) notify tested persons of their infection status, enabling them to make informed decisions about medical care and options for HCV treatment, take measures to limit HCV-associated disease progression (e.g., avoidance or reduction of alcohol intake, and vaccination against hepatitis A and B), and minimize risk for transmitting HCV to others; and 3) inform persons who are not currently infected of their status and the fact that they are not infectious.

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