Q: Newly released data from your paper, “Hepatitis C virus prevalence in 50 U.S. states and D.C. by sex, birth cohort, and race: 2013–2016,” published in Hepatology Communications show the Hepatitis C epidemic’s continuing disproportionate burden on males, Baby Boomers, Black Americans, and, increasingly, on young people in states highly affected by the opioid epidemic. What can we learn from looking at these disparities in Hepatitis C prevalence?
The data presented in the paper reveal the continuing impact of the Hepatitis C epidemic across the country and related health disparities by sex, age, and race. The data illustrate that certain disparities are exacerbated based on geography while others remain consistent across the country. For example, as we’ve seen in previous studies, men had double the Hepatitis C prevalence of women. This is one of the disparities that was consistent in nearly every state.
Also as seen in previous studies, Baby Boomers (people born between 1945 and 1969) had higher prevalence of Hepatitis C than other age groups. Hepatitis C prevalence in Baby Boomers was three times higher than the prevalence among those born after 1969. However, this is a disparity where we also see a lot of geographic variation. Visualizing the data geographically helps us to identify states that have higher than average rates of Hepatitis C infections among young people.
Read more of the Q&A with Dr. Heather Bradley on her paper “Hepatitis C virus prevalence in 50 U.S. states and D.C. by sex, birth cohort, and race: 2013–2016.”
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