Journal article

Point-of-care hepatitis C testing from needle and syringe programs: An Australian feasibility study

Bridget Williams, Jessica Howell, Joseph Doyle, Alexander J Thompson, Bridget Draper, Chloe Layton, Ned Latham, Frances Bramwell, Dean Membrey, Maggie Mcpherson, Janine Roney, Mark Stoove, Margaret E Hellard, Alisa Pedrana

International Journal of Drug Policy | ELSEVIER | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Achieving hepatitis C elimination requires novel approaches to engage people at highest risk of infection into care pathways. Point-of-care-tests may help to overcome some of the barriers preventing people who inject drugs (PWID) accessing testing and progressing to treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV). We assessed the feasibility and acceptability of HCV point-of-care testing at needle and syringe exchange programs (NSPs) co-located in three community health clinics in Melbourne, Australia. METHODS: NSP clients were offered an oral fluid point-of-care test for HCV antibody by NSP staff. Positive HCV antibody tests were followed by a point-of-care test for HCV RNA alongside stan..

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