Liver doctors agree that a screening test for all baby boomers is prudent.
Healthy baby boomers should not be tested for hepatitis C unless they have risk factors such as a history of intravenous drug use, according to a federal task force whose new recommendations are being excoriated by liver doctors, including the Canadian who discovered hepatitis C.
The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, an influential panel that crafts guidelines for family physicians, on Monday released its first-ever recommendations on screening for hepatitis C, a virus that can lurk silently for decades before wreaking serious damage on the liver.
Most of the task force’s advice is uncontroversial: The panel suggests that blood tests for hepatitis C be reserved for those at elevated risk of contracting the virus, namely people who have used injection drugs, spent time in prison, received blood products before 1992 or immigrated from countries where hepatitis C is more prevalent than it is in Canada.
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