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29 AUGUST 2019

Block HIV/HCV Meeting September 23, 2019 in Asheville, NC

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Program Description

Approximately 25% of all individuals infected with HIV are coinfected with HCV.1 Of critical significance, HIV increases the rate of progression of HCV-related hepatic fibrosis, and HCV is associated with a 3-fold increase in HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART)–induced liver toxicity.2 Further, these synergistic diseases often occur within adverse socioeconomic conditions that significantly increase the vulnerability and decrease the overall health status of at-risk populations.3 Whereas HIV infection is now effectively manageable, chronic HCV infection is curable. Yet, despite new, highly effective direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment regimens for HCV, their broad-scale use and associated therapeutic successes remain stymied by barriers at the patient, clinician, health care system, and jurisdictional levels.4 The BLOCK HIV/HCV initiative will provide community-based infectious disease specialists and other HIV treaters with foundational information and practical resources needed to prepare local stakeholders—both clinical and nonclinical—to collaborate in efforts to eliminate HCV within their communities.

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis. Accessed January 24, 2018.
  2. Sulkowski MS, Benhamou Y. Therapeutic issues in HIV/HCV-coinfected patients. J Viral Hepat. 2007;14(6):371-386.
  3. Singer M. Introduction to Syndemics: A Critical Systems Approach to Public and Community Health. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass; 2009.
  4. National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR). Hepatitis C: The State of Medicaid Access. October 23, 2017. Accessed January 24, 2018.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for a multidisciplinary audience including community-based infectious disease specialists and other human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treaters, gastroenterology/hepatology clinicians, mental health specialists, substance abuse specialists, correctional health care professionals, public policy/public health officials, hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV advocacy groups, payers, and clinical office staff who are engaged in the care of patients with HIV and/or HCV.

Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Integritas Communications

This activity is supported by independent educational grants from Gilead Sciences, Inc., Merck & Co.,Inc., and AbbVie Inc.

In collaboration with:

  • American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM)
    American Liver Foundation (ALF)
    National Hepatitis Corrections Network (NHCN)

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