High priority for hepatitis C screening in safety net hospitals: Results from a prospective cohort of 4582 hospitalized baby boomers

Barbara J. Turner, Barbara S. Taylor, Joshua Hanson, Yuanyuan Liang, Poornachand Veerapaneni, Roberto Villarreal, Mary Perez, Ludivina Hernandez, Jasdeep Sandhu, Kristin Fiebelkorn

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Low-income populations are disproportionately affected by hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Thus, implementing baby boomer screening (born 1945-1965) for HCV may be a high priority for safety net hospitals. We report the prevalence and predictors of HCV infection and advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis based on the Fibrosis-4 score plus imaging for a baby boomer cohort admitted to a safety net hospital over a 21-month interval with >9 months of follow-up. Anti-HCV antibody testing was performed for 4582, or 90%, of all never-screened patients, of whom 312 (6.7%) tested positive. Adjusted odds ratios of testing anti-HCV-positive were 2.66 for men versus women (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1388-1395
Number of pages8
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology

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