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Author Topic: Opt-Out Hep C Testing in ERs: Great Way to ID People With the Virus  (Read 7694 times)

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Establishing a program of providing blanket opt-out hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing in hospital emergency departments is an effective means of detecting the virus, especially among those younger than 55 years old, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis.

Publishing their findings in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC researchers conducted a retrospective study of four urban academic emergency departments located in Birmingham, Alabama; Oakland, California; Boston; and Baltimore.

Each department implemented a universal opt-out hep C testing program. The analysis looked at a four-month period beginning one month after the implementation of the testing program, except for the Baltimore program, which provided three months of data.

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