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NYC DOHMH’s Request to Upgrade USPSTF’s Baby Boomer HCV Testing Rating
You can view the letter here: NYC DOHMH Recs for HCV USPSTF 2012
Background on issue:
The USPSTF’s draft recommendations on testing hepatitis C among injection drug users and others at high risk is a major improvement over previous guidelines (a grade “B”, meaning testing is recommended). However, the Task Force failed to match the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s lifesaving recommendation of testing all those born between 1945 to 1965 for hepatitis C. It recommends only a “C” grade, which does not recommend testing everyone in this birth cohort and states that there is only a “small benefit” for testing those who do not have symptoms.
You may view other letters written by organizations at the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable website.