Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention and Harm Reduction Program

Mission

The Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention and Harm Reduction programs provide uninsured and underinsured high risk Rhode Islanders with access to culturally and linguistically appropriate harm reduction and prevention services. The programs provide many prevention services to Rhode Island communities, including: education, needle exchange, counseling, HIV, Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) testing, the administration of preventive Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) and HBV vaccines, and referrals.

2010 Accomplishments and Milestones

  • Among funded testing sites 2,268 HIV tests administered and 46 individuals were found to be positive, 504 Hepatitis C tests were administered and 17 individuals tested positive, 328 first dose of preventive Twinrix vaccine was administered; 272 second doses and 230 third doses.
  • 1,300 referrals were made for Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention and Harm Reduction services compared to 1,271 referrals in 2009.
  • HIV infection due to intravenous drug use dropped from 50% in 1989, to 16% in 2008, and then to 6% in 2009; indicative that syringe exchange works!
  • 935 individuals visited Education, Needle Exchange, Counseling, Outreach and Referral Program (ENCORE), 26,607 syringes and prevention kits were distributed, and 1,630 injecting drug users were referred to other resources/services (e.g., substance abuse counseling, mental health services, primary care, etc.).