Rates of Hepatitis C Testing Too Low in Baby Boomers

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Rates of Hepatitis C Testing Too Low in Baby Boomers
Rates of Hepatitis C Testing Too Low in Baby Boomers

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite recommendations, too few American baby boomers are tested for hepatitis C virus, according to a study published online March 8 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

In 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force advised all Americans born between 1945 and 1965 to get a one-time test for hepatitis C virus. For the study, investigators analyzed data from 23,967 baby boomers who took part in a government health survey.

The researchers found that hepatitis C testing rates increased from 12.3 percent in 2013 to 13.8 percent in 2015. There were 76.2 million baby boomers in the United States in 2015, and only 10.5 million said they had been tested for hepatitis C. Insurance played a role in testing. Patients with Medicare plus Medicaid, Medicaid only, or military insurance had higher rates of hepatitis C virus testing than those with private insurance. Rates were also higher in men than women, and among college graduates.

"These findings underscore the need for increased awareness for hepatitis C virus testing among health care providers and baby boomers, and other innovative strategies such as state-mandated hepatitis C virus testing," the authors write.

Abstract
Full Text

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

NTproBNP Levels Are Significantly Lower in Blacks

NTproBNP Levels Are Significantly Lower in Blacks

Higher NTproBNP levels linked to increased risk of death; this association did not differ by race

Data May Weigh on Pros/Cons of Expanded Care Optometry

Data May Weigh on Pros/Cons of Expanded Care ...

Majority of residents in Kentucky, Oklahoma, New Mexico live within 30 minutes of ophthalmologist

Gaps Seen Between Hearing Loss, Receipt of Medical Evaluation, Tx

Gaps Seen Between Hearing Loss, Receipt of Medical ...

About 20.6 percent of those with hearing less than excellent/good had visited doctor for hearing issues

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »