The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend routine screening for hepatitis C virus in pregnancy. Recently published data in Obstetrics & Gynecology indicate that less than half of all pregnant individuals are screened for hepatitis C. In a nationwide effort, ACOG is reaching out to partner organizations, such as APAOG, to raise awareness about hepatitis C screening in pregnancy.
Hepatitis C screening in pregnancy is recommended to identify individuals with hepatitis C infection and infants who should receive testing at a pediatric visit. Hepatitis C screening during pregnancy should be an opportunity to promote a dialogue between pregnant individuals and their clinicians about hepatitis C transmission and risk factors.
In addition to clinical guidance, patients may access Frequently Asked Questions “Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C in Pregnancy,” “Protecting Yourself Against Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C,” and “Routine Tests During Pregnancy” for additional information.
Partners are encouraged to disseminate materials in an effort to increase screening in pregnancy. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for work related to hepatitis C screening in pregnancy.