AIDS2020: Virtual

FIND, The Global Fund, and GFAN hosted a one-day side-session during AIDS2020 to update participants on the work of Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, a new, groundbreaking global collaboration to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines for low- and middle-income countries.

Presentation Presenter
Key findings from use of POC HCV viral load in promoting access among PWID in Myanmar Bridget Draper, Burnet Institute
Promoting access to hepatitis C testing and treatment services Philippa Easterbrook, WHO
Decentralizing HCV testing to harm reduction sits; HEAD-Start Georgia Maia Japaridze, FIND
Increasing access to HCV testing for people living with HIV through simplification of diagnostics in Punjab, India Sanjay Sarin, FIND
Overview of approaches to simplified HCV care through decentralizing diagnosis, HEAD-Start project Sonjelle Shilton, FIND

FIND also held a satellite session on Simplifying HCV diagnosis to expand access to testing and treatment towards elimination, which highlighted key results from a three-year Unitaid-funded project in four countries, with policy implications and lessons learned. The interventions assessed include decentralized HCV testing, care and treatment in primary care, at harm-reduction sites (HRS), and at antiretroviral therapy (ART) clinics, and the use of point-of-care HCV viral load at HRS for people who inject drugs and at ART clinics for people living with HIV.