Approximately 25% of all individuals infected with HIV are coinfected with HCV.1 Of critical significance, HIV increases the rate of progression of HCV-related hepatic fibrosis, and HCV is associated with a 3-fold increase in HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART)–induced liver toxicity.2 Further, these synergistic diseases often occur within adverse socioeconomic conditions that significantly increase the vulnerability and decrease the overall health status of at-risk populations.3 Whereas HIV infection is now effectively manageable, chronic HCV infection is curable. Yet, despite new, highly effective direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment regimens for HCV, their broad-scale use and associated therapeutic successes remain stymied by barriers at the patient, clinician, health care system, and jurisdictional levels.4 The BLOCK HIV/HCV initiative will provide community-based infectious disease specialists and other HIV treaters with foundational information and practical resources needed to prepare local stakeholders—both clinical and nonclinical—to collaborate in efforts to eliminate HCV within their communities.
David L. Wyles MD (Course Chair)
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Cody A. Chastain, MD (Knoxville Co-Chair)
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Viral Hepatitis Program
Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Kenneth E. Sherman, MD, PhD (Cincinnati Co-Chair)
Distinguished Research Professor
Gould Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of Digestive Diseases
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Stuart C. Gordon, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD
Professor of Medicine
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Director, Division of Hepatology
Henry Ford Health System
Mark S. Sulkowski, MD (Baltimore Co-Chair)
Medical Director, Viral Hepatitis Center
Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Stacey Trooskin, MD, PhD, MPH
Director, Viral Hepatitis Programs
Jonathan Lax Treatment Center
Welcome and Preactivity Polling
The Challenge of HCV Elimination
HCV Therapy: The State of the Union
Populations in Greatest Need—Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)
Populations in Greatest Need—People Who Inject Drugs (PWID)
Other Real-World Circumstances
Addressing Region-Specific Barriers and Challenges to HCV Elimination
Introduction to Small-Group Breakouts:
Bringing Together Stakeholders and Creating a Collaborative Plan
Multidisciplinary Small Groups: Putting a Plan Into Action
Panel Discussion: The Call to Action & Beyond
Closing Statements & Postactivity Polling
This activity is intended for a multidisciplinary audience including community-based infectious disease specialists and other HIV treaters, gastroenterology/hepatology clinicians, mental health specialists, substance abuse specialists, correctional health care professionals, public policy/public health officials, hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV advocacy groups, payers, and clinical office staff who are engaged in the care of patients with HIV and/or HCV.
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