Viral Hepatitis Prevention Initiative
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Viral Hepatitis Prevention Initiative provides technical support and guidance for the prevention and control of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Ohio. Consultation is available to local public health, private providers, healthcare facilities, community agencies, substance abuse treatment centers, correctional facilities and the general public.
This initiative seeks to improve the delivery of hepatitis prevention services in healthcare settings and public health programs that serve at-risk adults and adolescents by integrating viral hepatitis messages and services into existing programs. The focus of this initiative is twofold:
- Implementation and evaluation of HCV counseling and testing in settings serving high-risk persons, and
- Hepatitis vaccination services in HIV counseling, testing, and referral (CTR) sites; sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics; correctional facilities; substance abuse treatment centers; and local health departments.
In 2003, twelve HIV CTR sites throughout Ohio agreed to participate in a pilot HCV testing project. The integration concept was a logical decision based on shared risk factors and similarity of prevention messages for HIV and HCV. This project has been well received and continues today with over 30 sites offering HCV counseling and testing.
The target population for HCV testing at these sites consists of those with the following risk factors:
- History of injection drug use (even one time, many years ago)
- History of a blood transfusion or organ transplant prior to July 1992
- History of occupational exposure to blood (e.g., needle stick, blood splash to mucous membranes)
- History of sex with a known HCV positive person
- History of a non-professional tattoo
- History of sharing straws when snorting drugs
- History of non-occupational exposure to blood (e.g., fights, first aid to an injured person)
- HIV positive status
In 2007, the Adult Hepatitis Vaccination Project (AHVP) was launched. This project provides free hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine and free hepatitis A virus (HAV) vaccine to un- or under-insured adults that engage in high-risk behaviors. Vaccine is also provided to individuals with a significant risk for severe complications, such as people with chronic HCV, HIV, diabetes and to students whose education requires HBV vaccine. The AHVP is a collaborative effort between the ODH Immunization Program and the ODH Viral Hepatitis Prevention Initiative.
For information on free hepatitis vaccines for high-risk adults, contact your local health department (LHD) or call the ODH Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator at 614-644-2714.
Journal articles related to hepatitis: Amedeo.com: The Medical Literature Guide is a free service with weekly emails providing bibliographical details from articles related to a disease(s) of your choice in your favorite journals. Links to abstracts are provided as well.
Hepatitis brochures and fact sheets:
Call 614-728-6494 for brochures.
Fact sheets from ODH can be found in the ODH Infectious Disease Control Manual section 3.
Many links on this website will take you to organizations that provide free patient brochures, posters, and/or fact sheets that can be ordered and/or downloaded from their respective websites.
Free hepatitis posters and palm cards: Call or email (see contact information below) if you would like any of the following palm cards. Posters to go along with each palm card are also available. Palm cards are 3.5" X 3.5" and posters are 11" X 17".
Hep Is Not Hip Palm Card
Hep IDU Tattoo Girl Palm Card
Hep Vaccine Palm Card
National Reports and Plans on Viral Hepatitis:
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report (January 2010): Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: A National Strategy for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis B and C.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (May 2011): Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis
Hepatitis C? We're Listening - 1-877-HELP-4-HEP (877-435-7443) http://www.help4hep.org/
Hep C Connection HelpLine - 1-800-522-HEPC (4372) http://www.hepc-connection.org/
Ohio HIV/STD Prevention Hotline - 1-800-332-2437 http://preventhivstdohio.com/
For information on specific hepatitis topics, click on the appropriate link below:
Baby Boomers and Hepatitis C
Continuing Education for Physicians & Nurses
Diabetes and Viral Hepatitis
General Hepatitis Information/Resources
Hepatitis C Testing Algorithms and Guidelines
Hepatitis Serology and Case Classification
Infectious Disease Control Manual (IDCM) Viral Hepatitis Sections
Recommendations for Viral Hepatitis Prevention and Control
Resources for Sites Offering Integrated Hepatitis Services
Updated treatment guidelines for genotype 1, chronic hepatitis C infection
For other questions and concerns related to viral hepatitis, please contact the Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator at 614-644-2714 or send an email to:
This site contains prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences.
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Last updated 9/24/13