The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new recommendations for Hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening in the U.S. The recommendations call for:
- One-time screening for all adults 18 years and older
- Screening of all pregnant people during every pregnancy
- Testing for all persons with risk factors, with testing continued for those with ongoing risk
The updated recommendations reflect recent trends in HCV incidence, indicating that Millennials (most adults in their 20s and 30s) make up 37% of newly reported chronic HCV infections; followed by Baby Boomers (most adults in their mid-50s to early 70s), who make up 36% of new cases; and Generation X (most adults in their late 30s to early 50s), who make up 23% of new cases.