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Harm reduction

Louisiana Office of Public Health, Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Program name: Louisiana Office of Public Health, Infectious Disease Epidemiology 
Population served: Residents in a long-term drug treatment facility
Eligibility: All residents are offered hepatitis screening and vaccination after remaining in the program for one month
Region served: New Orleans
Funding: State and federal funds
Program started: September 2001
Number of clients: Approximately 100
Contact: Dielda J. Robertson, Epidemiologist Specialist
Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
3101 W. Napoleon Avenue
Metairie, LA 70001
Phone: 504-219-4517
Fax: 504-219-4522
Email: djroberts@dhh.la.gov
Website: None
The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section of the Louisiana Office of Public Health is collaborating with the HIV/AIDS program as well as Tulane University School of Medicine in order to provide hepatitis screening and vaccination services to clients of a residential substance abuse treatment program for indigent men in New Orleans. Counseling and testing for hepatitis B and C has been incorporated into existing HIV screening and counseling services and is conducted on a weekly basis. The screening services are offered to all clients who have remained in the program for one month. Clients identified as HCV infected are referred to Tulane internal medicine and internal medicine/pediatrics clinic at University Hospital/MCL-NO for confirmatory testing, medical evaluation, and when appropriate, medical treatment. Clients identified as HBV infected are counseled to inform sexual partners of their status and referred for medical services as appropriate. Clients who test negative for HBV surface antigen are offered the HBV vaccine series. Residents who test positive for HCV or HBV are also offered hepatitis A vaccination. Testing, counseling and immunizations are carried out by Tulane medical students who have been trained in HCV counseling by Infectious Disease Epidemiology staff. Demographic and risk factor data is also collected on all participants.

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