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Evaluation of Hepatitis C Test and Treat Interventions Targeted at Homeless Populations (Outside London) in England During the COVID‐19 Pandemic

Conclusion de l’étude

This evaluation provides further evidence of the high prevalence of HCV in homeless populations. It also shows how the initiative and resourcefulness of HCV care providers in England resulted in levels of HCV diagnosis (with 10.5% having active infection) and rates of treatment initiation (90.2% among those offered) that would not otherwise have been achieved during the COVID‐19 pandemic. These interventions have contributed to the HCV elimination goal at a time when transmission risk was likely to be very high among this vulnerable group because of service disruptions and an increase in risk‐taking behaviors. Furthermore, the innovative strategies used in these interventions can be sustained after the pandemic to assure this marginalized population benefits from national HCV elimination.

Auteur(s) : Rebecca Wilkinson, Sema Mandal & al.