HCV ElimiNATION awareness tour will kick off in Spokane
OLYMPIA – As part of Governor Jay Inslee's directive to eliminate the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Washington by 2030, the state is deploying an HCV elimination awareness bus to areas with high-risk HCV populations in Washington State. This is part of a plan to educate people about the importance of HCV screening and connecting to care.
The ElimiNATION awareness bus will make its first appearance Thursday, January 30, at the 9th Annual Spokane Homeless Connect at the Spokane Convention Center. This event connects individuals and families who are homeless with needed services such as medical health, behavioral health, dental health, or a free meal. Event attendees can visit the bus and receive HCV screening and testing along with counseling and care coordination provided by the Hepatitis Education Project, a Seattle nonprofit that provides HCV resources and education to Washington residents. Populations at a higher risk for HCV include baby boomers, people people who have used intravenous drugs, people who are homeless, recipients of blood products, or people who have been incarcerated.
From there, the bus will travel to the Capitol in Olympia on February 11 for a legislative day visit before stopping in Seattle from February 13 to 16 for the 2020 Seattle/King County clinic.
HCA is partnering with the Department of Health (DOH) and AbbVie, a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company, in the HCV elimination effort. AbbVie was selected through a competitive process because it provided the best overall portfolio and demonstrated a commitment to partner with HCA in the Hep C Free Washington initiative.
HCV is the most common blood borne disease in the United States. Between 75 and 85 percent of people infected develop chronic HCV—a lifelong condition that can cause severe scarring (cirrhosis) of the liver, liver cancer, the need for a liver transplant, and even death. About 65,000 Washingtonians live with chronic HCV; approximately 30,000 are covered by state-purchased health care insurance.
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