Performance Improvement 2006. Evaluating the Impact of Viral Hepatitis Integration on HIV and STD Prevention Services

01/01/2006

The primary objectives were to describe how and to what extent viral hepatitis services have been integrated into STD clinics, HIV Counseling and Testing Sites (CTSs), jails, and substance abuse treatment; the impact of integration on existing HIV and STD prevention activities; and the costs, benefits, and lessons learned from integration. The evaluation was conducted in two phases. The formative phase encompassed engaging stakeholders, describing the programs, and focusing the evaluation design. The main activities in the formal phase were to collect and analyze data, prepare the case studies, and analyze and summarize data within and across sites. The results indicate that a substantial level of viral hepatitis services can be achieved in STD clinics, HIV CTSs, jails, and substance abuse treatment facilities, and also documented multiple examples of successful integration into existing public health settings. Results also demonstrate the importance of providing hepatitis A and B vaccinations, hepatitis C virus testing, and clinical care options for persons identified with HCV infection in public health settings.

PIC ID: 7979; Agency Sponsor: CDC-NCHSTP, National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention; Federal Contact: Dietz, Sue, 404-639-0210; Performer: Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC

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