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Viral Hepatitis Prevention Initiative 

ARE YOU AT RISK? Millions of Americans have VIRAL HEPATITIS. Most don't know it. Take this online assessment to see if you're at risk.     

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. 


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 Bureau of Infectious Diseases at 614-995-5599.


NEW:  Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C

The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in collaboration with the International Antiviral Society–USA (IAS–USA) developed this web-based process for the rapid formulation and dissemination of information for the most up-to-date evidence-based, expert-developed recommendations for hepatitis C management.


Journal articles related to hepatitis: 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 614-995-5599 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: Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (2014-2016).


Hepatitis Hotlines:

Hepatitis C? We're Listening - 1-877-HELP-4-HEP (877-435-7443)

Hep C Connection HelpLine - 1-800-522-HEPC (4372)

Ohio HIV/STD Prevention Hotline - 1-800-332-2437


For information on specific hepatitis topics, click on the appropriate link below:

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Clinical Trials

Continuing Education for Physicians & Nurses

Diabetes and Viral Hepatitis

General Hepatitis Information/Resources

Healthcare Workers

Hepatitis C Testing Algorithms and Guidelines

Hepatitis Serology and Case Classification

HIV/Hepatitis Coinfection

Infectious Disease Control Manual (IDCM) Viral Hepatitis Sections

Newly Diagnosed

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 Bureau of Infectious Diseases at 614-995-5599. 

This site contains prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Disclaimer:  Linking to a non-federal site does not constitute an endorsement by the Ohio Department of Health or any of its employees of the sponsors or the information and products presented on the site.


Last updated 4/17/15