- In April 2020, CDC released screening recommendations stating that all pregnant women should be screened for hepatitis C, except in settings where the prevalence of HCV infection is <0.1%.
- In 2018, universal hepatitis C screening during pregnancy was recommended by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the Infectious Disease Society of Americaexternal icon. In March 2020, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)external icon published final recommendations for Hepatitis C screening in all adolescents and adults, including pregnant persons. Additional partners are also working to develop screening and testing guidelines for perinatal transmission, including management of HCV-infected women and infants born to HCV-infected women.
- CDC worked with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists on creating a perinatal HCV case definition that will aid in identifying pregnant women living with HCV infection and their infants.
Page last reviewed: June 12, 2020
Content source: National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention