Access to Care and Treatment for HCV
A positive hepatitis C antibody test, although a sign of a serious condition, does not exclude you from living a healthy, happy and productive life. However, proper treatment and care is essential. This article discusses ways of accessing HCV treatment and care as well as additional resources for information on hepatitis C.
It is important that you receive well-informed care and treatment when you are both HIV and HCV positive, as there are additional considerations to think about. If it is possible, seek care from a provider(s) who understand HCV and HIV care and treatment. Since depression is a side effect of HCV therapy and many people living with HIV experience depression, it is important to get an evaluation from a psychologist before starting HCV therapy. Anti-depressant medications may be prescribed if appropriate and can be crucial to successfully coping with HCV therapy.
There are several options available to pay for HCV treatment, as outlined below.
For more information about the specific state ADAPs and Medicaid programs you can consult The Access Project, run by the AIDS Treatment and Data Network, at www.atdn.org. Your doctor or clinic may also have information about your options for care and treatment coverage.
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