Models of care for people with mental health problems
People diagnosed with mental health problems are more likely to have risk factors for HCV transmission, and the prevalence of HCV is higher in this population than in the general community.
DAA treatment is not associated with the mental health side effects associated with interferon-based therapy.
It is important to raise awareness of HCV testing and treatment among professionals and patients in the mental health community. HCV testing and treatment should be incorporated into models of care for people with mental health problems.