The incidence of hepatitis C (HCV) virus tripled in the United States between 2011 and 2015; in approximately the same time frame (2011-2014) the proportion of infants born to mothers infected with HCV rose by 68%. The numbers call for increased vigilance across the helathcare delivery system -- and it can begin with primary care.
Click through this short slide show for reminders about special populations who need extra surveillance.
For more information
1. CDC. Summary of Trends in Viral Hepatitis – United States, 2015.
2. Increased Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Detection in Women of Childbearing Age and Potential Risk for Vertical Transmission — United States and Kentucky, 2011–2014. MMWR. 2016;65:705-710.
3. Sexual Transmission and Viral Hepatitis Key Facts About Sexually Active Adults and Viral Hepatitis.
4. CDC. 2015 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines.
5. CDC Testing Recommendations for Hepatitis C Virus Infection.