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The Implementation of a Brief Educational Intervention to Increase HIV and HCV Testing among Injection Drug Users in Athens County

Author: Kate Spencer
Institution Affiliation: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

People who inject drugs are at higher risk for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C (HCV). This study is being done to see if a brief educational presentation about HIV and Hepatitis C will increase how much people know about HIV and Hepatitis C. Participants are tested before and after the presentation to see how much they learned about HIV and Hepatitis C. They are also tested at 3 and 6 months after the intervention to see how much information was retained. Adequate data has not yet been gathered due to the complications of the COVID-19 pandemic. The hope of this study is to create lasting education on HIV/HCV for people who inject drugs and to implement the education program in other settings.

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