Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Support the USPSTF’s Draft Hepatitis B Screening Recommendations

Support the USPSTF’s Draft Hepatitis B Screening Recommendations

NVHR strongly urges you to submit public comment supporting the United States Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) draft hepatitis B screening recommendations. The USPSTF is recommending a “B” grade (support) for screening high-risk individuals for hepatitis B, including those born in countries with 2% or greater prevalence of hepatitis B, those born in the United States who were not vaccinated against hepatitis B in infancy and whose parents were born in a country with a high prevalence of hepatitis B, persons who inject drugs, HIV positive individuals, men who have sex with men, and household contacts or sexual partners of those who have hepatitis B infection.

Our colleagues at Hep B United have created an excellent online resource  to help organizations develop and submit public comment. This website provides background information, sample language, instructions on how and where to submit comments, and a sign-on letter for those who don’t have time to write their own comments but want to support the draft. Comments are due by 5 pm Eastern, Monday, March 10, 2014. Please visit Hep B United’s resource center and take a few minutes to write comments and/or add your organization’s name to the sign-on letter. We need a strong showing of support from the community to ensure that the USPSTF finalizes the draft recommendations with a “B” grade for testing all individuals at high risk!


Ryan Clary
Executive Director
National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
(415) 235-8593
rclary@nvhr.org

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