About HCV Current Initiative

HCV Current is a national initiative among the ATTC Regional Centers to increase HCV knowledge among medical and behavioral health professionals, especially staff at federally qualified health centers.


To disseminate the latest information about hepatitis C virus (HCV), this initiative provides comprehensive resources for health professionals, including: 

  • online and in-person curriculum and training
  • downloadable provider tools
  • region-specific resources

HCV Current is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Why Hepatitis C?

Approximately 3.5 million people are infected with HCV in the United States (CDC 2017), and the virus kills more Americans than any other infectious disease. Baby boomers (those born between 1945-1965) are the largest group already infected with HCV. Most of the 20,000 deaths in 2015 were people age 55 and older. 

New infections are mostly in young adults aged 20-29 years old, mainly due to mental health and substance use disorders. Among people who have used or currently use intravenous drugs, one in three young adults and three in four older adults are HCV-infected (CDC, 2014). Recent CDC research shows the recent steep increase in cases of acute hepatitis C is associated with Increases in opioid injection (CDC 2017). Dramatic medical advances in the past few years have revolutionized the course of HCV treatment, increasing the role of primary care and behavioral health settings in addressing this public health concern.

Training

HCV Current offers multiple training options, including:

  • HCV Snapshot: An Introduction to Hepatitis C for Health Care Professionals
    • Free, 90-minute online course providing an overview of HCV. The four self-paced modules cover: populations at risk, overview of HCV, screening processes, and treatment options. Continuing education is available.
    • For more information: http://attcnetwork.org/Projects/HCV_Snapshot.aspx
  • Increasing Hepatitis C Knowledge for Behavioral and Health and Medical Providers (updated 2017)
    • Six-hour training curriculum that builds on the basics of the HCV Snapshot course. The five modules cover opportunities for promoting hepatitis c screening and testing, linking patients to treatment, available treatment options, and patient considerations for treatment. Curriculum can be downloaded free of cost. In addition, in-person trainings will take place nationally. See the Training & Events calendar on the HCV Current website for a schedule of trainings near you.

Products

The HCV RNA Provider Card is a small pocket card to help medical and behavioral health professionals discuss HCV RNA test results with patients. The front provides a visual of the testing algorithm and the back provides step-by-step instructions for discussing results with patients. The product can be downloaded free of cost on the HCV Current website. Hard copies may also be distributed at live training events.

Resources

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