Module 4: Testing and monitoring - introduction

In this document:

Module goal:

To introduce participants to best practice regarding the different tests, which are encountered in the diagnosis and management of HCV.

Learning objectives:

By the end of the module, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the different tests that are used to identify and confirm the presence of HCV
  • Describe how tests are used to monitor liver health and treatment response
  • Discuss the benefits and disadvantages of different types of test
Topics covered:
  • Why get tested?
  • Who needs access to testing?
  • The main types of test relevant to the diagnosis and management of HCV (Antibody testing, HCV RNA testing, Liver Function Tests, Liver biopsy)
  • Improving access to testing
Materials and resources required:
  • Computer/laptop and projector
  • Flipchart paper, stand and pens
Before the training

Obtain the best available current information on:

  • Relevant local/national guidance on testing
  • The availability and accessibility of testing e.g. dried blood spot, rapid tests
  • Any restrictions to testing e.g. in prisons
  • The extent to which testing can lead to treatment for PWID
Module time: approximately 90 minutes

Show and talk to Slide 4.1(Testing and monitoring) outlining the module:

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