Get Tested: Free Hepatitis C Testing Day on May 17


May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, and the Uncas Health District’s Mobile Health Team is on a mission to raise awareness and increase testing for Hepatitis C. We’re hosting a free Hepatitis C Testing Day on Friday, May 17th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at St. Vincent DePaul Place in Norwich.

Hepatitis C is a liver infection that can cause serious health problems if left untreated. The good news? Hepatitis C is curable in most cases, especially when detected early.

Why Get Tested?

Many people with Hepatitis C don’t experience any symptoms for years, which is why getting tested is crucial. Early detection allows for prompt treatment, preventing serious health complications like cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and liver cancer.

Hepatitis C Testing Day at St. Vincent DePaul Place

Our Mobile Health Team will be on-site at St. Vincent DePaul Place, offering free and confidential Hepatitis C testing. The process is quick and easy, with results available in minutes.

Join us on May 17th and take control of your health! Getting tested is a simple step towards a healthier future.

Help us raise awareness about Hepatitis C by sharing this blog post with your friends and family. Encourage them to learn more about the disease and the importance of getting tested.

Hepatitis Awareness Month: Get Tested. Get Treated. Get Cured. 

Hepatitis Awareness Month

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, an opportunity to talk about a serious liver disease and to empower the community to take control of their health. It’s also a call to action for those over 18 to Get Tested. Get Treated. Get Cured.

According to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Hepatitis C is curable in more than 95% of cases. Early detection and timely treatment are key to preventing liver damage and further spread. That’s why Uncas Health District is highlighting the importance of Hep-C testing.

About Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that attacks the liver. It’s important to understand the different forms:

  • Acute Hepatitis C: This is the short-term form of the disease. Many people experience no symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms that go unnoticed. Early detection is crucial, as some people can fight off the virus naturally.
  • Chronic Hepatitis C: If left untreated, acute Hepatitis C can progress to chronic Hepatitis C. This is a long-term infection that can damage the liver over time, potentially leading to cirrhosis (scarring) or even liver failure.

Who should get tested for Hep-C?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends Hepatitis C testing for everyone over the age of 18. Certain factors put you at higher risk, including:

  • Sharing needles or syringes with others
  • Having a history of blood transfusions before 1992
  • Having tattoos or piercings done with unsterile equipment
  • Having unprotected sex with someone who has Hepatitis C

Don’t wait for symptoms of Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C often has no noticeable symptoms in its early stages. The best way to know your status is to get tested. The good news? Hepatitis C is now highly curable with safe and effective medications. Early detection is key to preventing serious liver damage and getting the treatment you need to live a healthy life.

Get tested for Hep-C at Uncas Health District

Join us in raising awareness during Hepatitis C Awareness Month! Here’s how you can get involved:

  • National Hepatitis Testing Day: On May 17th, Uncas Health District will offer free Hepatitis C testing at St. Vincent dePaul Place in Norwich from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
  • Mobile Health Team: We also offer testing through our Mobile Health Team, which brings vital services directly to communities throughout Uncas Health District.

Talk to your Doctor about Hep-C

Schedule an appointment with your doctor and ask about getting tested for Hepatitis C. Getting tested is a simple step towards protecting your health and well-being. Together, let’s make Hepatitis C a thing of the past!

Uncas Health District: We’re here for you

For more information on Hepatitis C testing and prevention or when our Mobile Health Team will be in your area, please visit our website.

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