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Limited Coverage of HCV Testing in US Since 2013

Clin Infect Dis; ePub 2018 Sep 15; Patel, et al

Testing for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in the US has only marginally increased since 2013 among baby boomers despite a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that all persons born between 1945 and 1965 should be tested for HCV at least once. This according to a new report that showed limited coverage of HCV testing in the US between 2013-2017. Among the highlights:

  • HCV testing coverage marginally increased between 2013 and 2017 in the US household population among persons born in 1966-1994 (13.2% to 16.8%) and those born in 1945-1965 (12.3% to 17.3%).
  • In both populations, disparities in testing coverage were noted by education level, type of health insurance coverage, and geographic region.


Patel EU, Mehta SH, Boon D, Quinn TC, Thomas DL, Tobian AAR. Limited coverage of hepatitis C virus testing in the United States, 2013–2017. [Published online ahead of print September 15, 2018]. Clin Infect Dis. doi:10.1093/cid/ciy803.

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