Original Article

Awareness of Birth Cohort Hepatitis C Testing Recommendation Among Baby Boomers: An Exploratory Survey Study

Authors: Vabhave Pal, MD, Yasir Ahmed, MD, Shikha Singh, MD, Kalpana Bhairavarasu, MD, Lavi Oud, MD


Objectives: To examine population awareness of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing recommendation for the 1945 to 1965 birth cohort and explore the factors associated with awareness of the testing recommendation, its association with HCV testing, and respondents’ data sources about the recommendation.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted to assess awareness of the CDC birth cohort testing recommendation among adults born 1945–1965 who were managed at a single academic center’s internal medicine clinics or by visiting a local health fair. Data were collected on respondents’ demographics and HCV-related domains, including risk factors, awareness, data sources, prior testing, and interest in information about testing.

Results: There were a total of 563 respondents to the survey. Forty percent were aware of the CDC’s testing recommendation, with Hispanic ethnicity being the only significant predictor (odds ratio 0.59, 95% confidence interval 0.38–0.90). HCV testing rates were higher among those aware of the CDC’s recommendation, as compared with those unaware (33.6% vs 24.0%, P = 0.0269). Television was the most common initial data source for the testing recommendation (64.8%), whereas healthcare providers accounted for 22.4%.

Conclusions: Awareness of the CDC’s testing recommendation was reported in fewer than half of the respondents and was adversely affected by minority status. Although mass media may be a key venue for HCV-related data outreach, further studies are needed on interventions to enhance the role played by healthcare providers.
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