Treatment Action Group (TAG) released an updated Training Manual for Treatment Activists: Hepatitis C and HIV Coinfection.
The purpose of the Training Manual is to provide information that 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.
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.
It is designed to help 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.
The Training Manual for Treatment Activists: Hepatitis C and HIV Coinfection can be downloaded here.