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Survey of US Correctional Institutions for Routine HCV Testing

Curt G. Beckwith, MD, Ann E. Kurth, PhD, Lauri Bazerman, MS, Liza Solomon, DrPH, Emily Patry, BS, Josiah D. Rich, MD, MPH, and Irene Kuo, PhD


December 1, 2014
To ascertain HCV testing practices among US prisons and jails, we conducted a survey study in 2012, consisting of medical directors of all US state prisons and 40 of the largest US jails, that demonstrated a minority of US prisons and jails conduct routine HCV testing. Routine voluntary HCV testing in correctional facilities is urgently needed to increase diagnosis, enable risk-reduction counseling and preventive health care, and facilitate evaluation for antiviral treatment.