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Response to U.S. Preventative Services Task Force Recommendations on Screening for HCV Infection

June 2004

The Treatment Action Group (TAG) believes the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) should reconsider their recent recommendation on routine screening for persons at high risk of infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The USPSTF "... found insufficient evidence to recommend for or against routine screening for HCV infection in adults at high risk for infection ... and no evidence that screening for HCV in adults at high risk leads to improved outcomes."

TAG believes that this recommendation is ill advised for several reasons:

The USPSTF recommendation contradicts screening recommendations from expert panels at the U.S. Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and the Veteran's Administration. TAG shares the concerns of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the American Liver Foundation regarding the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) Recommendation on Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults.

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