Hepatitis C care
Hepatitis C treatment was once reserved for speciality care facilities, and relied on highly intolerable treatments. Recently, there have been exciting breakthroughs, with highly effective all-oral medications with far fewer side effects. Treatment can now happen in your primary care office and Hepatitis C takes as little as 8 weeks to effectively cure.
Mazzoni Family & Community Medicine specializes in LGBTQ wellness, and offers affordable, quality health care in a culturally competent setting. Our Hep C program is Philadelphia’s only community-based program of its kind.
The variety of new treatment options means we can offer event more personalized care. Every patient will meet with a provider to choose the treatment that is best for them. Cure rates now top 95% for many clients while treatment length has been greatly reduced.
This means no interferon and no regular injections. Even if you have been through unsuccessful treatment before, you are still eligible for treatment now.
Mazzoni staff are able to walk you through the entire treatment process, including pre-treatment, counseling and screening, applying for insurance, getting medications (even if you don’t have insurance), lab work and risk reduction counseling.
Our lead Hepatitis C clinician, Dusty Latimer, PA-C, brings with him a strong background in both hepatology and primary care. This combination allows for patients to access all health-related needs through one provider.
Our on-site case manager, John Izzo, MA, works closely with Dusty to ensure patients are supported both before starting medications and throughout the treatment process. John assists patients with obtaining insurance and/or securing medications, and also offers adherence and reinfection counseling. He is also able to refer clients to auxiliary services such as housing, food access, drug and alcohol services, mental health services and transportation.
RN Ash Robbins rounds out the team. Ash assists with helping patients manage any side effects, adherence & reinfection counseling and medication reconciliation.