Prevalence of hepatitis c virus infection in US hispanic/Latino adults: Results from the NHANES 2007-2010 and HCHS/SOL studies

Mark H. Kuniholm, Molly Jung, James E. Everhart, Scott Cotler, Gerardo Heiss, Geraldine McQuillan, Ryung S. Kim, Howard D. Strickler, Bharat Thyagarajan, Marston Youngblood, Robert C. Kaplan, Gloria Y.F. Ho

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Prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody has been reported in Mexican Americans, but its prevalence in other US Hispanic/Latino groups is unknown. We studied 2 populations of US Hispanic/Latino adults; 3210 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2007-2010 and 11 964 from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). Age-standardized prevalence of HCV antibody was similar in NHANES 2007-2010 (1.5%) and HCHS/SOL (2.0%) but differed significantly by Hispanic/Latino background in HCHS/SOL (eg, 11.6% in Puerto Rican men vs 0.4% in South American men). These findings suggest that the HCV epidemic among US Hispanics/Latinos is heterogeneous.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1585-1590
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Financial support. The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos was carried out as a collaborative study supported by contracts from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to the University of North Carolina (N01-HC65233), University of Miami (N01-HC65234), Albert Einstein College of Medicine (N01-HC65235), Northwestern University (N01-HC65236), and San Diego State University (N01-HC65237). The following Institutes/Centers/Offices contribute to the HCHS/SOL through a transfer of funds to the NHLBI: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH Institution-Office of Dietary Supplements. M. H. K. is supported in part by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), through CTSA grants UL1RR025750 and KL2RR025749. Potential conflicts of interest. All authors: No reported conflicts.


  • HCV
  • Hispanic
  • Latino
  • RNA
  • United States
  • antibody
  • hepatitis C virus
  • prevalence
  • risk factor.


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