Hepatitis C or Hep C is a liver disease that causes inflammation or swelling of the liver. It is cause by the Hepatitis C virus. Hep C starts as an acute short-term infection, generally with no symptoms. For most people it will progress to a chronic infection, which means that the virus stays in the body for many years. Chronic Hepatitis C will eventually lead to serious liver damage and death. You may not feel sick after an exposure. However, your liver can still be damaged without any symptoms.
Hepatitis C is spread through contact with infected blood.
You should be screened for Hepatitis C if you have a history of any of the below.
- Sharing equipment for using drugs- needles, syringes, works, straws, etc
- Piercings or tattooing using infected needles or ink
- Having unprotected sex with someone infected
- Blood transfusion before 1992
- Baby Boomers-People born between 1945 and 1965
HepC is curable!
ALFA provides Rapid HepC Antibody Test. This tests whether or not you have been exposed to the Hepatitis C in your lifetime. A positive result does not necessarily mean you have an active infection.
If your test is reactive to HepC antibodies, it is important to get a confirmatory test. In most cases, ALFA staff can provide this service at your visit. Results from this test are typically available within 2 weeks. If you have an active case, staff can assist in connecting you to treatment and payment assistance plans to help pay for medication.
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