Article 1: HCV Elimination in a Health Network Serving Indigenous Communities in Northern California
Clinical Liver Disease, VOL 16, NO 1, JULY 2020
Authors: Kathleen Cassel, M.D. and Gregory Carlson, R.N.
Author interview with Dr. Cassel:
Questions and Answers from Author Interview:
Q: Given that this is a tribal community, how did you deal with the stigma? How did you get people to step up to get treatment?
A: I didn't have many clients express a fear of stigma as an impedement to treatment. Possibly the high prevalence in our community normalized hepatitis C for people.
Q: Are most of your Boomers treated, and newer patients are mostly younger? What proportion need substance use support and how do you address it?
A: Most of our boomers are treated, though we are still finding new cases as boomers are screened. We started a suboxone clinic to support HCV treatment and addictions treatment in the same setting. We have connections to the local rehab facility so that clients with HCV who enter addiction treatment can be connected to HCV treatment.