Hepatitis C is an infectious disease of the liver. Worldwide, health experts estimate that 180 million people have chronic hepatitis C, with more than 4 million of those cases in the United States.
Hepatitis C, like all forms of hepatitis, can damage the liver. Of people infected, 55 to 85 percent will develop chronic infection, and 75 percent of those with chronic infection will develop chronic liver disease.
We provide testing for Hepatitis C at our community center and in several locations nearby. Click here for full details.
If you test positive for Hep C we’ll provide you with advice and referrals to local support services.
Who’s at risk?
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus. If you are, or have ever, injected drugs you are at risk of contracting Hepatitis C and we encourage you to visit us for a test.
You may also be at risk if;
- You’ve had non-professional tattoos and piercings,
- You’ve received any blood products before 1992 (when screening started)
- You’re a man who has sex with men
- You’re a commercial sex worker
In addition, the Centers for Disease Control recommends a one-time test for anyone born between 1945 and 1965