- Using HIV Surveillance Data for Targeted, Community-based Hepatitis C Virus Testing among Baby Boomers in Washington, D.C.
- Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
- Johns Hopkins University Press
- Volume 29, Number 3, August 2018
- pp. 964-974
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Community-based hepatitis C virus screening can identify individuals who are unaware of their infection and not regularly engaged in care. We report on a pilot study exploring the utility of using HIV surveillance data to identify targeted, geographical areas with high HIV prevalence and poor care indicators for screening baby boomers at risk for HCV. Between August-September 2014, we conducted community-based HCV rapid testing in high-risk census tracts. Eligible participants were born from 1945–1965 and not currently engaged in HCV care. Overall, 30% were HCV-antibody positive, 34% had a medical visit in the past year and among those with a medical visit, 75% had never been HCV-tested before. Using HIV surveillance data for targeted, community-based HCV testing yielded a high prevalence of untreated HCV cases. A large proportion had never been HCV-tested, suggesting this testing paradigm may be effective in reaching individuals at risk for HCV in a community-based setting.