All Adults Should be Screened for Hepatitis B at Least Once, CDC Says
A new recommendation from the CDC says all adults should be screened at least once in their lifetime for hepatitis B, an illness that’s linked to liver disease and cancer. The CDC estimates 580,000 to 2.4 million people live with hepatitis B, known as HBV, and two-thirds might not know about their infection. The CDC’s previous recommendation was made in 2008 and urged testing for people at high risk. Now, the agency recommends screening for everyone 18 and older at least once. Hepatitis B spreads through contact with infected blood or bodily fluids, which can occur through sex, injecting drugs, or during pregnancy or delivery. Read more from CNN here.