Community-based services to improve testing and linkage to care among non–U.S.-Born persons with chronic hepatitis B virus infection — three U.S. programs, october 2014–september 2017

Aaron M. Harris, Ruth Link-Gelles, Karen Kim, Edwin Chandrasekar, Su Wang, Nicole Bannister, Perry Pong, Eric W Chak, Moon S Chen, Christopher Bowlus, Noele P. Nelson

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Abstract

What is already known about this topic? Among the 850,000 to 2.2 million U.S. residents with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, approximately 70% are non–U.S.-born; nearly two thirds are unaware of their infection status, and <30% are linked to care and treatment. What is added by this report? CDC funded three programs to develop hepatitis B testing and linkage-to-care programs serving non–U.S.-born persons during 2014–2017; 78% of persons with chronic HBV infection were linked to care using community-based services. HBV infection rate among household contacts of HBsAg-positive persons was 14%. What are the implications for public health practice? HBV testing and linkage to care can be achieved among hard-to-reach populations through partnerships with community organizations, health centers, and public health departments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)541-546
Number of pages6
JournalMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Volume67
Issue number19
StatePublished - May 18 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health(social science)
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Health Information Management

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