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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.

Citation:

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.