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April 19, 2018

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 eight agencies to conduct rapid HCV counseling, testing, and referral services. The agencies are:

  1. North Idaho AIDS Coalition (Health District 1)
  2. Inland Oasis (Health District 2)
  3. Southwest District Health/Port of Hope (Health District 3)
  4. Idaho State University - Meridian (Health District 4)
  5. Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV & AIDS (Health District 4)
  6. Centers for Community and Justice (Health District 4)
  7. The Walker Center (Health District 5)
  8. Eastern Idaho Public Health District (Health 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.