Fighting rising HCV infection rates by testing for the virus and ensuring those who need it can access appropriate care.

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Dr. Kelly Cooper works at a weekly outdoor clinic run by Positively Living, Choice Health Network.

Not enough people with the virus even know that they have contracted HCV. We're working on expanding screening and connecting patients with appropriate care.

HepConnect will increase screening and linkage to care in Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia, while also addressing barriers to accessing services and appropriate care for HCV.

Screening
To address growing HCV infection rates, people must first know they have contracted the virus. HepConnect will broaden awareness of the HCV crisis among communities that are most impacted by the opioid epidemic in order to help connect people with appropriate care.

Linkage to care
Accessing healthcare can be difficult in rural areas, including much of greater Appalachia. Lack of insurance coverage, limited transportation options and few nearby healthcare providers are obstacles many residents of the region must overcome to access appropriate care. HepConnect will support local community partnerships in an effort to address and remove obstacles to appropriate care.