The Caring Ambassadors Program uses a unique approach in our work to address the elimination of viral hepatitis and specifically hepatitis C.

Our three main methods to combat hepatitis C are to Empower patients and providers to increase their knowledge of hepatitis C to improve access a cure; to Educate systems and communities on how to integrate viral hepatitis services into existing programming; and to Advocate on behalf of patients and communities to create sound policy, funding and messaging. We are honored to serve the community to help eliminate the largest infectious disease outbreak of our time; we promise to be BOLD in our approach to creating paths to health and making hepatitis C history.

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VA on path to cure 100,000 veterans of hepatitis C
“The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced it is on track to eliminate the hepatitis C virus, or HCV, in as few as two months, in all veterans willing and able to be treated.”

Direct-Acting Antivirals Reduce Mortality, Hepatocellular Carcinoma in HCV
“In patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, treatment with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) is associated with reduced risks for mortality and hepatocellular carcinoma, according to study results published in The Lancet. The researchers recommend that DAA treatment be considered in all patients with chronic HCV infection.”

Clinical Outcomes for Hepatitis C Combination Therapy
“Ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir±dasabuvir±ribavirin (OBV/PTV/r±DSV±RBV) is effective for achieving sustained virologic response (SVR) among patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 1a, 1b, or 4, according to results published in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis.”

A New Way of Looking at Hepatitis C Drug Costs, and How to Pay Them: Public Health Watch
“Treating hepatitis C with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs)—by far the most effective therapy—is an expensive proposition, which is significant, given that, in the United States at least, the “Baby Boomer” generation is at high risk of contracting the virus and there have been multiple outbreaks linked with the ongoing “opioid epidemic.”

SSM Health Medical Minute: Hepatitis C clinic is curing patients
“Most people with Hepatitis C have no symptoms for several years. In fact, up to 80 percent of people who carry HVC show no symptoms until it’s too late and liver damage has occurred. As a result, federal disease experts recommend screenings for baby boomers, the group most likely to be infected without knowing it.”

CDC: If you were born 1945-1965 get tested for hepatitis C
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people born from 1945-1965, also known as baby boomers, are five times more likely to have hepatitis C. Most people living with hepatitis C do not know they are infected.”

Anticipated HCV Vaccine Could Help Achieve Eradication Goals
“On the threshold of obtaining results from a clinical trial of a newly developed vaccine against hepatitis C virus (HCV) in a population at-risk for infection, investigators have described the challenges they have encountered and the prospects for success.”

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