Adults in the US who have an hepatitis B (HBV) or hepatitis C (HCV) infection are often completely unaware, according to a new study.
An analysis of nearly 15,000 adult participants, including serologic data, showed that up to 1 half of virus-infected persons have never received a diagnosis from their physician. Investigators, led by Norah Terrault, MD, Chief of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at the USC Keck School of Medicine, noted the findings evidence the real-practice effects of a largely asymptomatic disease such as viral hepatitis.
“It can be sort of silent,” Terrault told MD Magazine®. “You can’t wait for patients to either present with symptoms or have a lab test come back abnormal. You have to screen based on risk profiles and/or age and/or just screening.”