Point-of-care testing for hepatitis C virus infection at alternative and high-risk sites: an Italian pilot study in a dental clinic

MR Parisi, S Tecco, G Gastaldi, Elisabetta Maria Polizzi, T D'Amicantonio, S Negri, I Gardini, K Schlusnus, E Gherlone, P Capparè, A Lazzarin

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Abstract

The Infectious Diseases Department and the Department of Dentistry of San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan conducted a screening and prevention program, the "EASY HCV-test Program," at a dental clinic to increase the identification of unrecognized infections. Using a cross-sectional community-based study design, hygienists in the dental clinic offered patients a hepatitis C virus (HCV) rapid salivary test (OraQuick ADVANCE® Rapid HCV Antibody Test) with pre- and post-test counseling prior to initiation of their oral hygiene routine. From April 2015 to November 2015, the EASY HCV test was offered to 2650 patients visiting the Center of Oral Health and Prevention at the Department of Dentistry at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. Among them, 2077 eligible volunteers were tested. The test showed positive reactivity in 22 cases; of these, 21 subjects were known to suffer from HCV, and the test confirmed their status. One subject was newly diagnosed with HCV infection. The results of this study suggest EASY HCV test screening conducted in dental clinics may constitute an effective strategy for increasing HCV testing among people at risk for infection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-245
Number of pages4
JournalNew Microbiologica
Volume40
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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