Refocusing Hepatitis C Prevention Through Geographic Viral Load Analyses

Ryan M. Arnold, Biru Yang, Qi Yu, Raouf R. Arafat


Approximately 2.7 million Americans live with chronic Hepatitis C; however, most jurisdictions have limited surveillance and prevention efforts due to a lack of resources. Using passive surveillance of HCV viral loads, geographic, principal component, and linear regression analyses were performed on average HCV viral load by ZIP code. The analyses found correlations with percent of families in poverty and percent African American and showed HCV log values (IU/mL) ranging from 4.58 to 6.95. These could be viable methods of identifying areas of decreased HCV suppression and increased risk for HCV transmission; however, the application of these analyses must be evaluated.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *