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Idaho Rapid HCV Screening Project

The Viral Hepatitis Prevention Program has been managing the Idaho Rapid HCV Screening project since November of 2012. The Project has two main goals:

  • Increase the proportion of persons who are aware of their HCV infection
  • Decrease in the number of new cases of HCV infection These goals are to be achieved through a focus on rapid
HCV screening is to be performed in two priority settings: 

  • Drug-use prevention/treatment, harm-reduction programs, syringe services programs
  • CBOs serving communities experiencing viral hepatitis-associated health disparities
Memorandums of Understanding are secured with five agencies to conduct rapid HCV counseling, testing, and referral services. The agencies are:

  1. Intermountain Hospital (Boise/District 4)
  2. Southwest District Health/Port of Hope (Caldwell/District 3)
  3. ISU Meridian (Meridian/District 4)
  4. North Idaho AIDS Coalition (Coeur d’Alene/District 1)
  5. Eastern Idaho Public Health District (Idaho Falls/District 7)
These partner agencies provide services to clients and compile data that is submitted to the Idaho Viral Hepatitis Prevention Program on a monthly basis. This data is then analyzed and submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in an effort to sustain future funding for the project.