February 27, 2015
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most common blood-borne illness, affecting three to five million Americans, and many of them don’t even know it. Philadelphia has a high rate of HCV among its residents, who many times have limited access to screening and treatment. So how do you get help to the people who need it the most? You go door to door. A new study, led by a Drexel University College of Medicine researcher and recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, shows that when advocates made a focused effort in a medically underserved area, they were able to help patients get screened, diagnosed and treated.