May 5, 2016

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day in the United States. Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are all different diseases. Each type of hepatitis is caused by a different virus and spread in different ways. Hepatitis A does not cause a long-term infection, although it can make people very sick. Hepatitis B and C can become chronic, lifelong infections and lead to serious health problems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes Hepatitis C as a silent epidemic because most people with Hepatitis C do not know they are infected. There are an estimated 3.5 million Hepatitis C infected persons in the United States; and while some people are able to clear, or get rid of, the virus, most people who get infected develop a chronic, or lifelong, infection that can lead to serious liver problems.

Pubic Health - Dayton & Montgomery County now offers rapid Hepatitis C testing and is encouraging people to learn their status. Rapid Hepatitis C testing is quick and easy. With just a finger stick and one drop of blood, results are ready in 20 minutes.

Why take the test? The longer people live with Hepatitis C undiagnosed and untreated, the more likely they are to develop serious, life-threatening liver diseases, such liver cancer. While anyone can get Hepatitis C, the CDC recommends that “Baby Boomers”, (individuals born between 1945-1965) get tested, since 3 in 4 adults infected with Hepatitis C were born during that time frame.

People are also encouraged to test if they currently or have ever:

  • Injected street drugs with a needle
  • Snorted street drugs
  • Received blood or other blood products before July 1992
  • Been exposed to another person’s blood through a contaminated needle
  • Lived with someone who is infected with Hepatitis C
  • Had sex with someone who has Hepatitis C
  • Been treated by a doctor for a sexually transmitted infection
  • Had a non-professional tattoo

Getting tested can help people learn if they are infected and get them into lifesaving care
and treatment.

Take control of your life, protect others, and educate yourself!

Learn more about Hepatitis C and other hepatitis infections by visiting: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/testingday

Get a free Rapid Hepatitis C Test at the following Public Health locations:

Health Outreach Office
201 Riverside Drive Suite 1-C
Dayton, OH, 45405
Testing hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Phone: (937) 496-7133
HIV Intervention Services
Dr. Charles R. Drew Health Center / Room # 608
Dayton, OH, 45402
Testing hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Phone: (937) 225-4023

 

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