NYSDOH HCV Dear Colleague Letter Regarding Women of Childbearing Age. (February 2017) This letter informs health care providers of the increases in HCV among women of child bearing age (15-44 years). Multiple free resources are provided. Recent data shows a 22% increase in HCV rates among women of child bearing age. New and more effective HCV treatments and screening among women of child bearing age can act as a prevention intervention. Women identified with HCV can be treated before becoming pregnant. HCV testing is recommended for persons with a history of injection drug use and others at risk.