Hepatitis C and HIV Co-Infection

What is TACKLE HIV/HCV in people of color?

Targeted Access to Community Knowledge, Linkage to treatment and Education for HIV/HCV in people of color (TACKLE HIV/HCV in people of color) is a multifaceted program to improve prevention, care, treatment and cure of HCV in people living with HIV (PLWHIV) in South Texas.

Care for Co-Infected (HIV/HCV) People in the RGV

For information regarding care and treatment for co-infected (HIV and HCV) clients, contact Diego Huerta, TACKLE Coordinator at Valley AIDS Council. You can reach him at: [email protected] or at (956) 281-1230 (cell).

For information regarding care and treatment for mono-infected (HCV only) clients, contact Luis Lopez, Recovery Coach at Valley AIDS Council. You can reach him at: [email protected] or at (956) 507-4936.

TACKLE Partners:


TACKLE Program Goals

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) will lead the partner clinics in implementing comprehensive, effective HCV screening, care and treatment systems in people living with HIV (PLWH) including people of color across four South Texas counties. Please click here to learn more about the San Antonio TACKLE hub.

  1. Establishment of a model of HCV screening and linkage to care and treatment including intergration of substance use disorder (SUD)/ mental health services for People Living with HIV (PLWHIV) in a network of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) funded clinics in South Texas
  2. Provision of provider education and support for HIV/HCV co-infection management and treatment in PLWHIV by UT Health San Antonio ECHO
  3. Education about and screening for HIV/HCV in communities that are predominantly composed of people of color
  4. Improving surveillance for acute and chronic HCV in PLWHIV
  5. Systematic dissemination of program findings and lessons learned to reach large numbers of clinicians, researchers and policy makers

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