for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at San Diego, California
study started
estimated completion
Edward Cachay, MD, MAS



A clinical observational study for patients with HIV co-infected with hepatitis C that investigates the levels of their health literacy, hepatitis C and HIV knowledge. Participants will complete a one-time assessment of these studied domains and categorized in three groups defined by their hepatitis C treatment referral status: not-referred, referred-attended, referred and no-show.

Official Title

Effects of Health Literacy and Hepatitis C Knowledge on Hepatitis C Treatment Willingness in HIV-coinfected Patients, According to Hepatitis C Treatment Referral Status


The main purpose of this research study is to investigate the prevalence of inadequate health literacy and hepatitis C knowledge and their determinants among people living with HIV/AIDS co-infected with hepatitis C. The observation will determine if health literacy and/or hepatitis C knowledge are predictors of patient willingness and intention to be treated for HCV in the overall cohort and stratified according to study groups as noted above.


Hepatitis C Hepatitis C, Chronic HIV/AIDS HIV Health literacy Hepatitis C knowledge HIV knowledge Hepatitis C treatment Hepatitis A Hepatitis Not referred for HCV therapy Referred for HCV therapy,did not show up


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Any adult (≥ 18 years) HIV-infected patient attending the UCSD Owen Clinic
  • Regardless of ethnic background
  • English or Spanish speaking
  • With active HCV infection defined as having a detectable HCV viral load with or without a positive HCV antibody

You CAN'T join if...

  • Neurocognitive impairment precluding participation
  • Physical illness precluding participation


  • Owen Clinic - University of California, San Diego
    San Diego California 92103-8186 United States

Lead Scientist

  • Edward Cachay, MD, MAS
    I joined the University of California, San Diego in the Owen Clinic in 2007, having completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases and a Master in Advanced Studies. During this time I have dedicated my professional time as a clinical teacher whose scholarly portfolio emphasized the management of HIV and its associated co-morbidities.


accepting new patients by invitation only
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