HepC Info

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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.

Resources

Rapid Testing

ALFA

www.alfainfo.org
prevention@alfainfo.org
(828) 322-1447
Free HepC, HIV & syphilis testing
Monday – Friday 9-4

Follow-up Care

Cooperative Christian Ministry
www.ccmhickory.com
(828) 327-0979

Catawba Family Care
gfhs.info/catawba-family-care
(828) 994-4544

Good Samaritan Clinic
burkegoodsamclinic.org
(828) 439-9948

Your Local Health Department

 

Syringe Exchange Program

The Farm
Call or text Liz
(828) 999-0055