“The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau released its bi-annual Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Highlights. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s “C Ya!” project, which aimed to reduce disparities related to HCV co-infection among people with HIV, was the main project highlighted in the publication!
More than 45,000 people who live in Philadelphia have HCV, and more than 3,000 of those people also have HIV. C Ya! supported the development, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive approaches to screening, care, and treatment o people of color who are co-infected with HIV and HCV.
The PDPH views C Ya! as a micro-elimination project that breaks down HCV elimination goals into smaller ones for individual populations, allowing targeted treatment and prevention interventions to be delivered more quickly and efficiently. The goals of the C Ya! project are to—
- Identify systems-level opportunities to increase capacity for HCV screening, care, and treatment.
- Increase the number of HIV/HCV co-infected people who are diagnosed, treated, and cured of HCV.
- Eliminate HCV among people with HIV.