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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 28, 2016

HCV Testing in the Cherokee Nation

JAMA. 2016;315(24):2657. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.7757

Building on its success in boosting hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing and treatment for tribal populations in rural northeastern Oklahoma, the Cherokee Nation has launched a program aimed at eliminating HCV infection among its citizens.

Acute HCV infection rates are higher among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations than all other US racial and ethnic groups, according to the CDC. The AI/AN populations also are at greater risk for HCV-related mortality compared with the general public.

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