Georgia Department of Public Health develops a Hepatitis C Testing Toolkit for Primary Care Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3.2 million people in the U.S. are chronically infected with hepatitis C, with nearly 17,000 new infections each year. Hepatitis C infection is often asymptomatic, leading to the majority being unaware of their infection. 75 percent of chronic hepatitis C infections are among those born between 1945 and 1965. In response, both the CDC and the U.S. Preventative Task Force (USPTF) now recommend one-time testing for anyone born between 1945 and 1965, regardless of risk.

Family physicians play a crucial role in identifying patients infected with hepatitis C and linking or providing patients with care and treatment.  In order to respond at the local level, the Georgia Department of Public Health has developed a Hepatitis C Toolkit for Primary Care Providers (see link below) to increase our efforts to promote hepatitis C testing in high risk individuals as well as one-time hepatitis C testing for those born between 1945 and 1965. Early hepatitis C testing can allow patients to be linked to care and treatment before developing serious complications from liver damage as well as reducing transmission of hepatitis C to others.  The toolkit can also be found at: