Coordinating HCV and HIV Treatment in Primary Care
Resource Topic: Clinical Issues, Emerging Issues, Promising/Best Practices, Quality Improvement, Special and Vulnerable Populations
Resource Subtopic: HIV/AIDS, Health Equity, Patient-Centered Health Outcomes.
Keywords: Patient Education, Integrated Care, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
Year Developed: 2021
Resource Type: Template
Primary Audience: Administrative Staff
Board of Directors
C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.)
National Nurse-Led Care Consortium
(See other resources developed by this organization).
Resource Summary: HCV and HIV are overlapping epidemics with serious clinical implications for people with HCV and HIV. Health centers
are poised to prevent and treat these viral infections by understanding the implications of comorbidity and by creating a
welcoming environment for those at risk for or currently diagnosed with one or both diseases.
Resource Details: Hepatitis C is an infection caused by HCV (hepatitis C virus) that spreads through contact with the blood of a person with
HCV. HCV can be a short-term illness, but for more than half of those affected by HCV, it is a chronic disease. There is
currently no vaccine for HCV, and those with chronic HCV can often have no symptoms or not feel sick. Avoiding or reducing
behaviors that transmit HCV and treatment of HCV – which can cure the infection within 8 to 12 weeks – can prevent onward
transmission. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. Without treatment,
HIV can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). HIV is a chronic disease with no cure. However, receiving
proper medical care can allow people living with HIV to live long, healthy lives and avoid spreading HIV to others.