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Hepatitis Testing and Treatment in State Prisons

NCJ Number
Date Published
April 2004
4 pages
Allen J. Beck Ph.D.; Laura M. Maruschak
Publication Series
This report presents facility policies related to hepatitis C testing and treatment and hepatitis B vaccinations, based on the 2000 Census of State and Federal Adult Correctional Facilities, which gathered data from 1,584 State institutions.
This report also includes data on the number of hepatitis C tests conducted, the number of tests confirmed positive, and the number of inmates treated for hepatitis C. The report provides information on hepatitis B, the number of 3-dose series hepatitis B vaccination policies, and the number of inmates who received vaccinations in the 12-month period ending June 30, 2000. At midyear 2000, 1,113,035 inmates (94 percent of all inmates) were held in facilities that reported having a testing policy for hepatitis C. Thirty-three percent of tests in facilities that tested only targeted groups were positive compared to 27 percent of those in facilities that conducted broad tests (random basis or all inmates). Of the 1,033 facilities that provided hepatitis B vaccinations, 680 (66 percent) had a policy to vaccinate inmates in high-risk groups.

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