Blog | Friday, September 19, 2008

New CDC testing recommendations for Hep B

The CDC just issued new testing recommendations for chronic Hep B virus infection, which affects more than 1 million in the U.S.

In addition to testing all pregnant women, infants born to infected mothers, household contacts and sex partners of infected individuals, and people with HIV, providers should now test:
  • People born in Asia, Africa, and other regions with 2% or higher prevalence of chronic HBV infections. (It was formerly 8% prevalence)
  • Men who have sex with men and injection drug users.
  • People with abnormal liver function tests not explained by other conditions
  • People who require immunosuppressive therapy