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Hepatitis cases must be reported to a local health officer by every health care provider…

Title 17, California Code of Regulations, Section 2500, Reportable Diseases and Conditions

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HEPATITIS B PROVIDER INFORMATION

Prevention of infectious diseases and the development of improved strategies that involve collaborative efforts is important.

Injection drug users (IDUs) often have multiple substance abuse, physical, and mental health problems. As a result, the providers who work with them – substance abuse treatment, HIV/STD prevention, mental health, corrections, primary care – need expertise and skills across a range of disciplines. Tensions among various providers have obstructed the coordinated service delivery that best addresses the needs of IDUs. Training involving providers from multiple disciplines can help staff improve their ability to work with IDUs and collaborate more effectively with other agencies. To review a working document, read Substance Abuse Treatment and Public Health: Working Together to Benefit Injection Drug Users.

Injection drug use is important in the transmission of blood borne infections (including HIV and hepatitis B and C). The web site for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention provides access to materials and resources developed to assist HIV prevention providers working with IDUs and their sex partners.

If you have a model program that can be shared with others, please email information to the California Hepatitis Resource Center.

Resource: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention 2002

 

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