February 1, 2018 – Treatment Action Group has just released an updated Training Manual for Treatment Activists: Hepatitis C and HIV Coinfection.
The purpose of this Training Manual is to provide information for you and your community. This information can be used to advocate for access to prevention and diagnosis of, and care and treatment for, hepatitis C virus (HCV).
The manual is written by and for people who are not medical specialists. We’re treatment activists who learned about HCV because it was a problem for people in our communities.
The primary goals of the Training Manual are to increase advocates’ knowledge about available HCV tests and treatments, particularly in the era of all-oral, highly effective direct-acting antiviral medications that treat all genotypes, and to jumpstart discussions on advocacy strategies that can be used to open up affordable access for more people with HCV.
We designed it to help you understand basic information about HCV and coinfection with HIV: how it’s transmitted, how to prevent HCV, how people can find out if they have HCV, what happens to both HIV-negative and HIV-positive people who have HCV, testing and treatment options, drug-drug interactions, and other information used for making treatment decisions.
This Training Manual is organized into short sections, and each section can be presented and shared by a trainer or peer educator with a small group of people in one to two hours. There are discussion points and action steps at the end of each section. The discussion points are intended to start conversations about the key issues raised in each section. The action steps are intended to start conversations about how to translate the key issues into advocacy in the community and to allow participants to find solutions together.
You can download the manual from the link at the top of this page. If you have any comments or suggestions for future HCV materials, please email Bryn Gay, TAG’s HCV Project Co-Director.