Newsletter, Website on Hepatitis C Reach Out to People in Prison

Developing a Hepatitis C awareness project for incarcerated populations

The Hepatitis C Awareness Project in Eugene, Ore., expanded circulation of the Hepatitis C Awareness News and developed a Web site to provide incarcerated adults with information about hepatitis C, a blood-borne virus that causes cirrhosis of the liver.

An estimated 30 to 40 percent of prisoners and IV drug-users are infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), which can be transmitted by sharing drug paraphernalia and personal care items (such as razors or nail files), as well as through sexual contact.

Key Results

  • During the grant period, project staff published 10 issues of Hepatitis C Awareness News. Circulation increased from 900 to 3,000 copies distributed each issue.
  • The National HCV Prison Coalition Web site went online in October 2002. The site includes:
    • Information about the coalition's HCV Prison Support Project.
    • HCV guidelines for 24 states and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
    • HCV newsletters, e-mail listservs and links to other resources.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the project for 12 months in 2002–2003 with a grant of $35,000.