Hepatitis C screening only necessary for those with elevated risk, task force says

A panel that develops guidelines for primary-care providers says the average Canadian adult doesn't need to be screened for hepatitis C.

In its first screening guidelines for the blood-borne virus that can cause cirrhosis or cancer of the liver, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommends against widespread testing of adults unless they're considered to have an elevated risk for hepatitis C.

Those at high risk include I-V drug users, those who visited or lived in countries where Hep-C is endemic, or received blood transfusions or an organ transplant before 1992.