Hep Free PA is a statewide coalition dedicated to improving the continuum of viral hepatitis prevention, diagnosis, care, and treatment with the goal of eliminating viral hepatitis and its related stigma from Pennsylvania.
The mission of PAHRC is to promote the health, dignity, and human rights of individuals who use drugs and communities impacted by drug use. Recognizing that social inequity, criminalization, and stigma silence those affected most, we advocate for policies that improve the quality of life for people who use drugs, people in recovery, and their communities.
The Harm Reduction Coalition, a national advocacy and capacity-building organization, describes harm reduction as: “a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.”
Hepatitis C can be one of the negative consequences of drug use. People who use drugs are at higher risk for contracting Hepatitis C than the general public.
This Harm Reduction Coalition resource below provides information on how people who use drugs can protect themselves and others from getting hepatitis C.