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Recent Hepatitis C Virus Testing Patterns Among Baby Boomers

      Approximately 3.5 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the U.S., 80% of whom are “baby boomers” (born between 1945 and 1965).
      • Edlin B.R.
      • Eckhardt B.J.
      • Shu M.A.
      • Holmberg S.D.
      • Swan T.
      Toward a more accurate estimate of the prevalence of hepatitis C in the United States.
      Most infected individuals are not aware of their infections despite availability of treatments that may reduce their risk of HCV-related diseases, including chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.
      • DHHS
      Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis.
      To curb the growing burden of these HCV-associated diseases, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended one-time HCV testing for baby boomers in 2013.
      • Moyer V.A.
      U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
      Screening for hepatitis C virus infection in adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement.
      The authors previously noted low HCV testing prevalence among baby boomers in 2013, at baseline
      • Jemal A.
      • Fedewa S.A.
      Prevalence of hepatitis C virus testing in cohorts born between 1945 and 1965 in the U.S.
      ; however, it is unknown whether HCV testing has changed following the USPSTF recommendation.
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