Where can I get screened for HIV and HCV?
- You can talk to your primary care provider for HIV and HCV screening or you can search for a testing site near you by accessing CDC’s test site locator
- TACKLE offers free HIV and HCV screening at community screening events held four times a year. Please check events page for more information.
Treatment Options for HIV/HCV
- There are very effective drugs available today to treat both HIV and HCV infections.
- HIV and HCV infection can be treated at the same time but HIV treatment is life-long.
- HCV infection is curable.
- HCV infection can be treated and cured in a lot of cases with one pill a day for 8-12 weeks.
- HIV infection can be treated in a lot of cases with one pill a day but HIV treatment is life-long.
Cost of Treatment
- Both HIV and HCV drugs are expensive.
- HCV drugs are more expensive than HIV drugs.
- If you do not have insurance the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program which is available in every state provides HIV drugs free of charge if you are eligible.
- Who was Ryan White? – Information about the brave young boy who the Ryan White Program is named for available here.
- If you do not have insurance and you have both HIV and HCV infection there are different options for accessing HCV treatment and these options should be discussed with your HIV treatment provider.
- The TACKLE HIV/HCV program supports non specialist providers to treat HCV infection in people living with HIV who also have HCV infection through the UT Heath San Antonio HIV/HCV ECHO.