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Hepatitis C Virus Screening and Prevalence Among US Veterans in Department of Veterans Affairs Care

Lisa I. Backus, MD, PhD1,2; Pamela S. Belperio, PharmD1,3; Timothy P. Loomis, PhD1; Gale H. Yip, BA1; Larry A. Mole, PharmD1
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1Population Health/Office of Public Health, Palo Alto, California
2Veterans Health Administration, Palo Alto, California
3Veterans Health Administration Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(16):1549-1552. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.8133.
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From 2.7 to 3.9 million Americans are living with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, and 45% to 85% are unaware they are infected.14 In August 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began recommending 1-time HCV screening for persons born from 1945 through 1965 because this group encompasses 75% of those infected.5 We assessed the extent to which veterans, particularly those born during the 1945-1965 period, were screened for HCV and estimated HCV prevalence.

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Prevalence of Hepatitis C Virus Infection by Birth Year
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