For World Hepatitis Day, this session shared information on how safer supply providers can integrate hepatitis C care into their practice. This included an overview of hepatitis C testing, treatment and prevention, examples of how other safer supply programs are providing hepatitis C care, and linkage to hepatitis C trainings and resources.
Hepatitis C testing and treatment is highly effective, and easier than ever for both clients and providers. Safer supply providers have close, trusted relationships with clients and are well-suited to deliver low-barrier hepatitis C care. This can support a wholistic approach for the health of people who use drugs, and support the goal of eliminating hepatitis C in Canada.
This session was offered in partnership with CATIE, Canada’s source of HIV and hepatitis C information.
A moderated Q & A session followed the discussion.
- Slides from Rivka Kushner (PDF)
- Slides from Patty Wilson (PDF - to come)
- Slides from Jessica Nanni (PDF)
- World Hepatitis Day website
- CATIE website and resources:
- Safer substance use and hepatitis C prevention
- Curing hepatitis C associated with dramatic reduction in deaths from all causes
- CATIE statement on hepatitis C treatment efficacy among people who use drugs
- Common hepatitis C drugs available in Canada for adults
- CATIE ordering centre for brochures, posters, etc.
- CATIE's online courses on HIV & Hepatitis C: eduCATIE.ca
- Directory of community Hepatitis C, HIV, sexual health and harm reduction services in Canada: Where to ?
- Chris Hoy and Rivka Kushner, CATIE
- Tim O'Shea, HAMSMaRT (Hamilton, Ontario)
- Patty Wilson, Nurse Practitioner (Calgary, Alberta)
- Angie Austin and Jessica Nanni, South Riverdale CHC (Toronto, Ontario)