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  22nd Conference on Retroviruses and
Opportunistic Infections
Seattle Washington Feb 23 - 26, 2015
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Non-Risk Based HCV Screening Among Baby Boomers in Surveillance-Identified HIV Risk Areas....30% HCV+
  Reported by Jules Levin
CROI 2015 Feb 23-26, Seattle, WA
Irene Kuo,1 Meriam Mikre,1 A. Toni Young,2 Geoffrey Maugham,2 Amanda Castel1 1George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington, DC; 2Community Education Group, Washington, DC
.....we examined the feasibility and utility of using a novel method of identifying high HIV risk census tracts (CTs) using HIV surveillance data to target non-risk based community HCV testing.... conducted street-based community HCV screening equally across the 12 CTs between Aug-Sept 2014 (OraQuick Rapid HCV Antibody Test)
....94% tested were black....94% tested were black....mean age 56....80% of those who tested HCV+ had a history of IDU.....Of 196 persons screened, 58 (30%) were HCV Ab-positive ......62% had never been tested for HCV before and 69% were newly identified as being HCV seropositive, of whom 51% had never tested for HCV before (data not shown). .....31% already knew their HCV-positive status but were not receiving care .....only 5 of 46 individuals who ever injected drugs were currently injecting (within the past 12 months) ......correlates of being HCV Ab-positive included: -Older age, ever injecting drugs, having ever been incarcerated
Of 58 HCV Ab-positive individuals, confirmatory testing has been conducted on 28 (48%). Of those, 26 (93%) have been confirmed HCV RNA-positive