research and evaluation activities to inform its
advocacy efforts and education and training materials.
HCV remains a worldwide epidemic with over 160 million people chronically infected, and 3.9 million infected with HCV in the United States. Baby boomers are five times more likely to have HCV and represent over 75% of Americans with HCV. Additionally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25% of people living with HIV in the U.S. are co-infected with HCV and 80% of people with HIV who inject drugs also have HCV. While advances in HCV cure therapy have improved survival rates for patients with cirrhosis and reduced overall costs, a comprehensive approach to HCV prevention, care, and treatment is needed to curb the epidemic, especially as the opioid crisis fuels increases in new infections. HealthHCV, an initiative of HealthHIV, advances hepatitis C (HCV) advocacy, education, and training by:
Learn more about HealthHCV’s focus areas, which include:
HealthHCV designs and implements medical and consumer education and training programs to improve the ability of organizations, professionals, and individuals to address the needs of people living with viral hepatitis. Its relevant and comprehensive education offerings on HCV screening, care, and treatment focus in HIV care and primary care settings. HealthHCV delivers both in-person education and training at the SYNChronicity national conference (SYNC) and online training through virtual learning platforms. Offerings include:
HealthHCV’s advocacy initiatives focus on increasing the number of individuals aware of their HCV infection; improving access to cure therapy for people living with chronic HCV infection; and building surveillance and research capacity nationwide. These all serve to help develop sound national and state policies to support the needs of people living with HCV. Some of HealthHCV’s advocacy efforts include:
HealthHCV conducts health service research and evaluation that identifies trends across viral hepatitis, HIV, primary care and the broader health care landscapes. HealthHCV is committed to collecting and reporting data, including its State of HCV Care national survey (which can be viewed and downloaded here), and producing evidenced-based advocacy, education, and training programs and resources.
HealthHCV is currently fielding the 2019 State of HCV Care National Survey. To complete the survey, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/healthhcvsurvey