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HCV Screening Shows Minimal Increase Overall

Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev; 2018 Apr; Kasting, et al

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening is increasing over time; however, these increases remained minimal and screening rates need improvement, a recent study found. Researchers used data from the 2013-2015 National Health Interview Surveys to examine HCV screening rates and predictors for 4 birth cohorts: 1) born <1945, 2) born 1945-1965 (baby boomers), 3) born 1966-1985; and 4) born >1985. They found:

  • There were 15,100 participants born <1945, 28,757 baby boomers, 28,089 from 1966-1985, and 13,296 born >1985 in the final sample.
  • Screening rate was 11.5% to 12.8% in baby boomers.
  • The second youngest birth cohort was similar to baby boomers, whereas the older birth cohort was screened less.
  • In the final model for baby boomers, the odds of HCV screening increased significantly with each subsequent year.
  • HCV screening was associated with age, gender, and race/ethnicity in baby boomers, with significantly lower rates among Hispanics and females.


Kasting ML, Giuliano AR, Reich RR, et al. Hepatitis C virus screening trends: Serial cross-sectional analysis of the National Health Interview Survey Population, 2013-2015. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018;27(4):503-513. doi:10.1158/1055-9965.