Monday, February 24, 2014

Gay Men, IDUs and People With HIV Should Test for Hep B

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation stating that certain high-risk groups, including people with HIV, should be tested for hepatitis B virus (HBV), MedPage Today reports.

For the most part, the recommendation concerns Americans born in foreign nations with an HBV prevalence greater than 2 percent, as well as those living in the United States whose parents emigrated from a high-risk country and who did not receive the vaccination as a baby. In addition, the task force recommends hep B testing for men who have sex with men, injection drug users (IDUs), HIV-positive people, those who are immunocompromised and those who are receiving treatment for renal failure.

To read the MedPage Today report, click here.

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