In San Francisco, community-based organizations partner with the Department of Public Health in offering syringe access services so that people who inject drugs may protect themselves from hepatitis C, HIV, and other blood borne illnesses. Services are offered seven days a week in various locations. Drop by a syringe access program to get supplies and speak with a staff person about preventing hepatitis C. View the current syringe access schedule here.
Initiating opiate replacement therapy has also been demonstrated to be effective in preventing hepatitis C transmission.* San Francisco residents have the option of initiating methadone or suboxone treatment at several methadone programs throughout the city. Visiting or calling the OBIC clinic in the Treatment Access Program office is a good place to start if you have questions about methadone or suboxone (1380 Howard St. San Francisco, CA, (415) 552-6242).