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Twin Epidemics: HIV and Hepatitis C in the Urban Northeast

May 15, 2013

A Yale University research team reported identifying a geographical dimension of risk factors common to HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) that may influence surveillance, prevention, and healthcare delivery for people coinfected with these viruses. A growing number of people in the US Northeast have both HIV and HCV, the most common chronic viral infections in the nation. Most assessments underestimate HIV and HCV prevalence, because homeless and incarcerated individuals are underrepresented in surveys.

To reach these underrepresented populations, the Yale team studied data collected from 8,300 people who were screened for HCV and HIV at a community healthcare van -- a mobile clinic -- in New Haven, Conn. To single out the risk factors for each virus and for coinfection, the researchers correlated risk factors and Arc GIS mapping techniques.

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