The Leather Foundation
Hepatitis Case Management
Program Progress Report
25 March 2014

The Hepatitis Case Manager is communicating with a Hepatitis Positive client residing in Nepal.  He contacted HIPS via the HIPS Facebook page.  Client is a 25 yr old male diagnosed with Hepatitis C Genotype 3.   He disclosed his fear as to his future.  The Hepatitis Case Manager communicated with the staff Registered Nurse.  The client was informed that a client with Hepatitis C Genotype 3 is treatable with a history of success.  The client was given a lot of support.  He was instructed to research on Hepatitis C Genotype 3.  His private medical provider also informed the client that he was making the right decision in going through the treatment. The treatment regimen included Interferon and Ribavirin. The client communicated with the Hepatitis Case Manager that he has completed the treatment.  The client was instructed to request for a viral load test post treatment. He disclosed he had a vial load done as suggested by the HIPS Staff.  On March 25, 2014, the client disclosed his viral load was undetectable.  He stated he was given some hope. The HIPS staff informed the client that if his viral load continues to be undetectable for the next two months, he is going to be ok.  The client expressed a sigh of relief.  He thanked the HIPS Staff for their support.  The HIPS Case Manager will continue communication with the client.

The Hepatitis Case Manager was contacted via the HIPS Facebook page by a registered Pharmacist residing in the country of Egypt.  He wanted updated information on the new HCV medications.  He was given information on the new medication.  He did research on line.  He thanked the Hepatitis Case Manager for the updated information on HCV new medications.  He was given information on the four new medication approved by the FDA. The HIPS staff will continue to communicate with the Pharmacist on future new medications.

The Hepatitis Case Manager was contacted via the HIPS Facebook page by a 21 year old male residing in Kenya.  The client is a college student. He requested information for Hepatitis.  The client disclosed he was unaware of his status.  He disclosed no active substance abuse history.  He was given the task of searching the internet for the facts for Hepatitis A.  He was instructed, if possible to boil the water before he drinks it.  He agreed to do that.  He also was instructed to do research on the internet for the facts on Hepatitis B.  He also agreed to do that.  The HIPS Case Manager and the client continue to communicate on HIPS Facebook.

What is Hepatitis ?

“Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. Toxins, certain drugs, some diseases, heavy alcohol use, and bacterial and viral infections can all cause hepatitis. Hepatitis is also the name of a family of viral infections that affect the liver; the most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.


HIPS logoWhat is Hepatitis C ?

Transmission / Exposure

How is Hepatitis C spread?

Hepatitis C is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. Today, most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. Before 1992, when widespread screening of the blood supply began in the United States, Hepatitis C was also commonly spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants.

People can become infected with the Hepatitis C virus during such activities as:
  • Sharing needles, syringes, or other equipment to inject drugs
  • Needle stick injuries in health care settings
  • Being born to a mother who has Hepatitis C
Less commonly, a person can also get Hepatitis C virus infection through
  • Sharing personal care items that may have come in contact with another person’s blood, such as razors or toothbrushes
  • Having sexual contact with a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus

                                                 (Centers for Disease Control, 2012)


Hepatitis Diagnosis is just the beginning.

HIPS (Hepatitis Integrated Professional Services) can provide testing, education and support.

Remember: Knowledge is power! Protect yourself. If you have the disease, find out your options to help manage the disease.

Contact us HIPS Program Managers Today for HELP and Assistance.




Testing + Knowledge… Makes all the difference.





Goals for this project:

Identify high risk clients susceptible to Hepatitis and HIV.

Provide outreach, education and prevention strategies as needed.

Provide the opportunity to access proper medical care if needed.

Provide HIV/Hepatitis testing as needed. 

Provide basic needs, food, and shelter.

Provide social services to assist clients in obtaining a stable life.

Provide other support as needed.

HIPS Case Management provides high priority, emergency solutions for the client.

Intervention specialists generate an initial client intake with the team member.

Physical, mental and spiritual support advocacy are provided by HIPS Intervention Specialists.

Specialists, together with the client create a plan of action tailored to the needs of each individual client.


Get Tested…Take Control!

Testing + Knowledge… makes all the difference.