Experts in British Columbia are requesting universal screening for hepatitis C in pregnant women in Canada
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If they are infected, they can be treated with drugs after delivery and before they get pregnant again.
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As there is not enough evidence on safety in favour of treatment during pregnancy, medication between pregnancies is the safest approach.
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Screening will allow doctors to suggest better health monitoring to avoid transmission to infants in future pregnancies.
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Screening that identifies positive cases would also help ensure that infants born to such mothers are tested.
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