The Yield of Birth Cohort Screening for Hepatitis C in Community Health Centers
In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released recommendations to screen all individuals born 1945–1965 for hepatitis C (HCV), regardless of risk factors.1 In response to this recommendation and in anticipation of a new generation of effective and well-tolerated HCV medications, we implemented a screening program in two urban community health centers (CHCs). The objective was to identify individuals living with previously undiagnosed HCV and to facilitate linkage-to-care.
This study took place at two CHCs in Denver, CO. Participants were born between 1945 and 1965, were attending routine primary care appointments, and had never been fully screened for HCV. We included individuals who had prior positive HCV antibody tests but no follow-up RNA testing. Navigators approached individuals while they were waiting for their providers and offered to order HCV testing. The navigator followed up all tests and provided counseling and linkage support. We...
The clinical staff at the two participating CHCs, the patients, and the HCV navigators all contributed to this work.
This work was funded by CDC PPHF 1U51PS003805-0 through the CDC’s Hep TLC initiative.
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Conflict of Interest
Dr. Rowan receives salary support through research grants from Gilead Sciences, Inc. All remaining authors declare they do not have a conflict of interest.
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