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May 16
​Free Testing on National Hepatitis Testing Day

Do you know that up to 75 percent of people living with Hepatitis C do not know they are infected?

May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day. On this day and throughout the year, Wake County encourages residents to participate in its free Hepatitis C testing program.

Hepatitis C may not cause symptoms for years or decades, while slowly damaging the liver. By the time symptoms appear, liver damage is often significant. Left untreated, Hepatitis C can cause cirrhosis, cancer and even death. It is also the leading cause of liver transplants.

“Hepatitis C can be very serious, but it can also be treated,” said Dr. Kimberly McDonald, medical director at Wake County Human Services. “A simple blood test can diagnose the disease. Once a diagnosis is made, residents can be connected with the right care and medications to be cured.”

Some people are at higher risk for Hepatitis C, including:

  • People born from 1945 to 1965, sometimes referred to as baby boomers. These people are five times more likely to have Hepatitis C than other adults.
  • Recipients of donated blood, blood products or organs before 1992.
  • Current and past injection drug users, including those who injected only one time or many years ago.
  • People who have body piercings or tattoos that were done with non-sterile instruments.

Wake County offers free Hepatitis C testing at several convenient locations. Call one of these locations to schedule an appointment:

Visit our website to learn more about Hepatitis C and its risk factors.


 



 

 

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