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Is Hepatitis B Testing Common in the US?

by Chari Cohen, Hepatitis B Expert
September 08, 2017

Question: Is hepatitis B something that is routinely tested for in the U.S?

Answer: Hepatitis B is not something that people are routinely tested for in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommend that all people at high risk for hepatitis B infection be tested. However, only about 25% of infected people are actually diagnosed – so, it is clear that we need to greatly increase hepatitis B testing among high-risk groups. If you think you are at high risk, please ask to be tested – you can ask your doctor, or find hepatitis B testing near you by visiting Hep B United: www.hepbunited.org.

Chari Cohen is Director of Public Health for the Hepatitis B Foundation.

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