Seeing the Unseen
Do you recognize the face of hepatitis C virus (HCV)? It’s changing fast, and many healthcare providers are not aware of the rapidly shifting demographics, or even how their own internal biases may be contributing to the marginalization of some individuals, resulting in healthcare disparities. It’s time for us to see these “unseen” populations and provide them with the care they need.
Choose from these four unique patient profiles to begin exploring who is most at risk for HCV–and why. Please note these are dramatic portrayals and not real patients.
Person who injects drugs and contracted HCV
Alyssa is a 29-year-old, single mother with a three-year-old daughter. She lives in urban Atlanta and currently works in a low-income job as a grocery store clerk. Alyssa copes with her stress through alcohol and intravenous substance abuse. She shares needles and has HCV, but doesn’t know it.
MSM who injects drugs and contracted HCV
Phil is 35 years old and lives with his roommate in a house just outside of central Philadelphia. He works as a bartender six nights a week and struggles with insomnia and anxiety. He actively injects drugs and has a history of unprotected sex with many male partners. He has HCV and doesn’t know it because he fears the discrimination and racism he has experienced in the past from healthcare workers.READ PHIL’S STORY
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