High Prevalence of Hepatitis C Infection among Adult Patients at Four Urban Emergency Departments-Birmingham, Oakland, Baltimore, and Boston, 2015-2017

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  • What is already known about this topic? Targeted testing for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in emergency departments (EDs) has been demonstrated to be a high-yield and effective intervention for identifying previously unrecognized infections, especially among persons born during 1945–1965. What is added by this report? Opt-out, universal HCV screening in EDs identified that nearly half (47.5%) of infections were among persons born after 1965. What are the implications for public health practice? Opt-out, universal screening in EDs can identify a larger number of previously unrecognized HCV infections, especially among persons born after 1965. ED-based opt-out, universal hepatitis C screening can be vital in combating and surveilling the interrelated epidemics of opioid overdose and bloodborne viral infections through harm-reduction interventions and navigation to HCV treatment.
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  • Galbraith JW; Anderson ES; Hsieh YH; Franco RA; Donnelly JP; Rodgers JB; Schechter-Perkins EM; Thompson WW; Nelson NP; Rothman RE
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  • 569
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  • 574
  • Volume

  • 69
  • Issue

  • 19