Abstract

Abstract:

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.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-6869
Print ISSN
1049-2089
Pages
pp. 964-974
Launched on MUSE
2018-08-13
Open Access
No
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