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
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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