Homelessness and Hepatitis C: risk factors and treatment
Goicoechea, Steven C.
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Hepatitis C is a public health crisis in both developing and developed countries. Direct acting antiviral therapies have revolutionized the fight against Hepatitis C, making the worldwide eradication of the disease feasible. However, screening and access to care for vulnerable patients – especially for patients experiencing homelessness – are lacking. Homelessness exacerbates the effects of Hepatitis C, leading to poor health outcomes for individual patients and high costs for health providers and taxpayers. One potential solution is investing in affordable housing and the housing first model that provide the stability needed to address both acute and chronic health conditions, including Hepatitis C. Partnerships between patients and providers facilitated by supportive housing can benefit individual outcomes and decrease the financial and social costs to communities.