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Ann Intern Med. 2009 Jun 16;150(12):869-73, W154.

Screening for hepatitis B virus infection in pregnancy: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reaffirmation recommendation statement.

Abstract

DESCRIPTION:

Reaffirmation of the 2004 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on screening for hepatitis B virus hepatitis B virus infection in pregnancy.

METHODS:

The USPSTF performed a brief literature update, including a search for new and substantial evidence on the benefits and harms of screening pregnant women for hepatitis B virus infection.

FINDING:

The net benefit of screening continues to be well established.

RECOMMENDATION:

Screen for hepatitis B virus infection in pregnant women at their first prenatal visit. (Grade A recommendation.).

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