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Title: People on Probation Have High Hep C Rate, Great Challenges Linking to Care
Post by: Hep Editors on January 22, 2020, 10:48:28 am
Given the high rate of hepatitis C virus (HCV) among people on probation or parole, testing for the virus in this population is likely an effective way to identify undiagnosed cases. That said, a recent study conducted in Rhode Island identified many challenges in linking newly diagnosed individuals to medical care for HCV.

Emily Patry, of the Miriam Hospital in Providence, presented findings from the study at The Liver Meeting, the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, in Boston this month.

Overall, the care continuum for HCV—the progression from antibody diagnosis, to confirmatory diagnosis, to linking with a health care provider, to receiving direct-acting antiviral treatment, to being cured—is poor among marginalized populations. This holds especially true for individuals who have been incarcerated or are otherwise under the supervision of the criminal justice system, among whom there is a high rate of the virus.

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