New Best Practices Released for Hepatitis B Vaccination, Screening, and Linkage to Care
December 11, 2017 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
The American College of Physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released multiple best practice statements surrounding hepatitis B virus (HBV) that advise clinicians to vaccinate all unvaccinated adults who are at risk, to screen for HBV in high-risk persons, and to provide posttest counseling and directed care for those identified with HBV. The best practices, published in a December 5, 2017, Annals of Internal Medicinearticle, should be the goals of a national initiative to ultimately eliminate HBV and reduce its associated risks, say the authors. As it stands, an estimated 847,000 adults live with chronic HBV, but only one out of every three people is aware of their infection, according to the article, and this can contribute to ongoing transmission.