HCV Current is a national initiative among the ATTC Regional Centers to increase hepatitis C (HCV) knowledge among medical and behavioral health professionals, especially staff at federally qualified health centers.
To disseminate the latest on the rapidly evolving field of HCV, this initiative provides comprehensive resources for health professionals, including:
HCV Current is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Approximately 2.5 to 4 million people are infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the United States (SAMHSA, 2014). Baby boomers (those born between 1945-1965) and persons with mental health and substance use disorders face an increased risk for infection. 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). Dramatic medical advances in the past year have revolutionized the course of HCV treatment, increasing the role of primary care and behavioral health settings in addressing this public health concern.
HCV Current offers multiple training options, including:
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 for free on the Products & Resources page. Hard copies will also be distributed at live training events.
To address the local conditions and needs of communities, your ATTC Regional Center has compiled region-specific HCV resources and contact information. Visit the Regional Resources page to find resources in your region