Public Health - Dayton Montgomery County has launched a series of classes to educate individuals who have contracted Hepatitis C. The “Living 4 Me – Understanding Hepatitis C” class will teach people about treatment options, healthy eating, how to understand liver tests and more.

Classes are held monthly at the Dr. Charles R. Drew Health Center, 1323 W. Third Street, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm on the following dates: June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8 and December 13.

Healthy snacks will be provided and new attendees will have a chance to win a $50 gift card. For more details call 225-4023.

In the United States, Hepatitis A, B, and C are the most common types of hepatitis. While each type can produce similar symptoms, there are differences in the transmission and effects of the viruses, and each affects different groups of people.

The Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is usually spread when a person ingests the virus through objects, food, or drinks contaminated by feces from an infected person. There is a vaccine to prevent HAV.

The Hepatitis B virus (HBV) can be spread by having sex, through contact with blood, such as sharing injection drug equipment, and from an infected woman to her baby. There is a HBV vaccine, and is recommended for all infants at birth and anyone else at increased risk.

The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is usually spread through blood. Today, most people become infected with the HCV by sharing needles, syringes, or any other equipment to inject drugs. In rare cases, the HCV can be spread sexually, and from an infected woman to her baby. In 1990 special blood testing began, and the risk of getting the HCV from donated blood or organs has been eliminated.

People born from 1945 - 1965, or “Baby Boomers”, are five times more likely to have the HCV. Most Baby Boomers are believed to have become infected in the 1960s - 1980s when transmission of the HCV was the highest. People born from 1945 - 1965, as well as anyone else at risk should get tested.

Get a FREE HCV test at the following Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County sites:

117 S. Main Street (3rd Floor) Dayton, OH 4542 (937) 225-4550

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (by appointment only) Closed 11:30 am – 12:30 pm daily

201 Riverside Drive, Suite 1-C Dayton, OH 45405 (937) 496-7133

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

1323 W. Third Street, Rm # 608 Dayton, OH 45402 (937) 225-4023

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

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