SPNS Initiative: Hepatitis C Treatment Expansion, 2010-2014


The Special Projects of National Significance Program's Hepatitis C Treatment Expansion Initiative supported organizations implementing focused interventions designed to increase access to and completion of Hepatitis C (HCV) treatment for people also living with HIV. About one quarter of people living with HIV in the U.S. are also infected with HCV. HCV affects about 3.2 million people in the United States and is responsible for approximately 17,000 deaths each year. This initiative evaluated the effectiveness of four different intervention models to deliver HCV treatment among HIV-positive populations and aims to share best practices and lessons learned with Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grant recipients and other HIV medical providers to improve access and quality of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program services for patients. The University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida served as the Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) for the initiative under a four-year cooperative agreement. The USF ETAC conducted the multi-site evaluation and provided technical assistance to the demonstration sites.

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