About the Office of Viral Hepatitis Prevention
Numerous programs within the Division of Communicable
Disease Control (DCDC) and Office of
AIDS (OA) of the Center for Infectious
Diseases address viral hepatitis among adults. The Office of
Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention (a program of the DCDC STD Control Branch) coordinates
these efforts and works to integrate and collaborate on comprehensive
prevention, diagnosis and treatment services for sexually transmitted diseases,
viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, and HIV at the patient level, regardless of where
the client seeks care.
Below is an overview of the CDPH programs that address viral
hepatitis among adults in California.
Disease Investigation & Vaccination
The DCDC Immunization
Branch provides technical assistance and
resources to support local health departments in conducting hepatitis A and B
case investigations. The Immunization Branch Adult Hepatitis Vaccine Project no
longer provides hepatitis A and B vaccine to adults in clinical settings serving
at-risk adults. However, information on vaccine patient assistance programs is
available at Calhep.org.
The DCDC Infectious Diseases
Branch conducts investigation, surveillance,
prevention, and control of communicable diseases, including foodborne,
waterborne, and healthcare-associated viral hepatitis
The web sites of the Office of
AIDS, DCDC Immunization
Branch, and DCDC STD Control
Branch provide viral hepatitis-related health education
materials. The Office of Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention program page also
provides health information resources.
Hepatitis C Counseling & Testing
The Office of AIDS supports local health departments and HIV prevention
programs in providing HIV and hepatitis C testing, prevention and referral
services. For information about these services see Office of AIDS HIV and HCV Testing Resources. For information on where to get
a hepatitis test near you, visit the California Hepatitis Alliance (CalHEP)
viral hepatitis referral guide at Calhep.org.
California law permits local government to
increase access to sterile needles and syringes through both syringe exchange
programs (SEPs) and through over-the-counter syringe sales in pharmacies.
The Office of AIDS provides support and technical assistance to
local health departments to increase syringe
The DCDC Immunization Branch monitors cases of hepatitis A and
B to identify missed opportunities for vaccination, provide post-exposure
prophylaxis, identify possible healthcare-associated infections, estimate the
disease burden in the population, and provide statistical reports on
vaccine-preventable disease trends. The Immunization Branch also currently
monitors acute hepatitis C cases to identify possible health-care associated
viral hepatitis outbreaks, which are investigated by the Infectious Disease
Branch. CDPH is exploring options for collecting sentinel chronic hepatitis C
surveillance data, and developing guidance for labs and providers.
The California STD/HIV Prevention
Training Center offers courses on STD/HIV
clinical and behavioral interventions, partner services and program
support for medical, health and community professionals. Courses provide basic
information on viral hepatitis, with limited additional training available upon
The OA AIDS Drug
Assistance Program (ADAP) covers viral hepatitis vaccine and
hepatitis C medication costs for people living with HIV/AIDS who are eligible
for the program.