HCV Current Initiative

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HCV Current is a national initiative of the ATTC Network to increase hepatitis C (HCV) knowledge among medical and behavioral health professionals.

 

 

 

Products

 

HCV Cover Guide

 

 

Now Available: Your Guide to Integrating HCV Services into Opioid Treatment Programs

 

 

 

 

HCV RNA Provider Card (PDF)

Hepatitis C Infographic and Initiative Overview (PDF)

Motivational Interviewing to Address Hepatitis C - Vignettes (Link)

 


 

This ATTC initiative disseminates the latest on the rapidly evolving field of HCV and provides comprehensive resources for health professionals, including:

  • Online and In-Person Curriculum and Training
  • Provider Tools Available for Download
  • A Guide to Assist Opioid Treatment Programs in Integrating HCV Testing and Treatment


Click Here to Download an Overview of the HCV Current Initiative.

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


Why Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C affects millions of people across the country. Many people who have hepatitis C do not know they have it. Certain factors, such as injection drug use, can increase a person’s risk for hepatitis C. In March, 2020, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final recommendation statement recommending that clinicians screen all adults aged 18-79 years for hepatitis C.


Approximately 70 percent of new HCV infections are believed to occur among people who inject drugs. This increase has been driven by the opioid epidemic that affects many communities across the country. Unsafe injection drug use has contributed to a 250 percent increase in HCV infections between 2010 and 2014. (National Viral Hepatitis Plan 2017-2020).


FREE Training!

The ATTC Network offers multiple training options, including:HCV course image

HCV Snapshot: An Introduction to Hepatitis C for Health Care Professionals (Updated in 2019)

  • 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.
  • Click here to learn more about the course, or
  • Register now for the course at HealtheKnowledge.org

 

Increasing Hepatitis C Knowledge for Behavioral Health and Medical Providers

This 6-hour face-to-face training curriculum was recently updated in 2019 and includes the latest in treatment options available and the impact of the opioid epidemic on HCV in the U.S. The course is designed to instruct behavioral health and medical providers on hepatitis C (HCV) epidemiology, opportunities for promoting HCV screening and testing, treatment options and considerations, and linking persons infected to HCV health care.


By the end of this training, participants should be able to:

  1. List at least three populations impacted by the opioid crisis, 2019.
  2. List at least three infections that result from injection drug use.
  3. Discuss at least two reasons why it is important to promote hepatitis C screening and confirmatory diagnostic testing.
  4. Describe at least three prevention messages that can be used when promoting hepatitis C screening and testing.
  5. List at least three treatment factors to consider and describe at least two new treatment options available for patients with HCV.
  6. Provide examples of at least three strategies to link persons infected with HCV to HCV-focused health care.


Request a Hepatitis C training by contacting the ATTC in your region.

 

National HCV Products and Resources

SAMHSA's TIP #53: Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People with Substance Use Disorders (PDF)

National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020 (PDF)

Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinators (Link)