Login

Switch On Your HIV Smarts.

Five reasons to get tested for hepatitis C

, by San Francisco AIDS Foundation

hepatitis CHepatitis C (HCV) is a virus that can cause severe damage to your liver including cirrhosis and liver cancer. Some people who become infected with HCV clear the virus on their own within six months after becoming infected, but 75% – 85% of people end up with long-term, chronic infection. Because this virus can cause serious health problems, it’s important to get the word out about HCV testing and treatment.

Here are the top five reasons to get tested for hepatitis C.

1. Getting tested is the only way to know your status for sure.

Many people do not experience any symptoms from a hepatitis C infection, so they do not know they’re infected.

2. HCV is a very common blood-borne infection in the U.S.

It’s estimated that between 2.7 million and 3.9 million people in the U.S. have chronic hepatitis C. It’s especially common among people who use injection drugs and people living with HIV are at higher risk of having an HCV infection.

3. Testing is easy—and in many cases, free.

Health care providers use a blood test to test for the presence of hepatitis C antibodies (the body’s immune response to HCV). If this test is positive, your health care provider will do a follow-up blood test (an RNA test) which looks for the genetic material of the virus. (You can read more about hepatitis C testing in this flier from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

The Centers for Disease Control has a website where you can search for free HCV testing in your area by entering your zip code. There are many places in San Francisco that offer free HCV testing including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation 6th Street Harm Reduction Center.

4. There’s a cure for hepatitis C.

We now have very effective, less toxic medications that—if taken once-daily for about three months—can cure most cases of hepatitis C. These medications can be very expensive, but there are ways to get it for a reduced cost. Government programs including Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) cover hepatitis C treatment. The American Liver Foundation has information about pharmaceutical patient assistance programs for hepatitis C drugs.

5. There’s support to help people take a medication every day.

Support groups and “adherence clubs” bring people living with hepatitis C—who are on or may start treatment—together to learn from each other, get information about hepatitis C and get social support. San Francisco AIDS Foundation runs a hepatitis C wellness program. Get more information about the hepatitis C support and wellness groups from San Francisco AIDS Foundation here.

Hepatitis C testing and enrollment for the hepatitis C wellness program is available Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 1 pm at the 6th Street Harm Reduction Center (117 6th Street near Mission St.).  Find more information.

 

Comments

One Response to Five reasons to get tested for hepatitis C

  1. Mariam says:

    MY NAME IS MARIAM FROM SOUTH AFRICA…I SAW THIS COMMENT ON POSITIVE BLOGS AND I WILL LOVE TO TELL EVERYBODY HOW MY STATUS CHANGES TO NEGATIVE, AND AM NOW A LIVING WITNESS OF IT AND I THINK ITS A SHAME ON ME IF I DON’T SHARE THIS LOVELY STORY WITH OTHER PEOPLE INFECTED WITH THIS DEADLY VIRUS…,HIV HAS BEEN ONGOING IN MY FAMILY… I LOST BOTH PARENTS TO HIV,. AND IT IS SO MUCH PAIN IVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET OVER.. AS WE ALL KNOW MEDICALLY THERE IS NO SOLUTION TO IT..AND MEDICATION IS VERY EXPENSIVE..SO SOMEONE INTRODUCED ME TO A NATIVE MEDICAL PRACTITIONER IN AFRICA..I HAD A JOB THERE TO EXECUTE SO I TOOK TIME TO CHECK OUT ON HIM.I SHOWED HIM ALL MY TESTS AND RESULTS.. I WAS ALREADY DIAGNOSED WITH HIV AND IT WAS ALREADY TAKING ITS TOWL ON ME.. I HAD SPENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS SO I DECIDED TO TRY HIM OUT…I WAS ON HIS DOSAGE FOR 1 MONTHS. ALTHOUGH I DIDNT BELIEVE IN IT, I WAS JUST TRYING IT OUT OF FRUSTRATION… AND AFTER 2 WEEKS, I WENT FOR NEW TESTS… AND YOU WONT BELIEVE THAT 5 DIFFERENT DOCTORS CONFIRMED IT THAT AM NEGATIVE..IT WAS LIKE A DREAM,,I NEVER BELIEVE AIDS HAS CURE..AM NOW NEGATIVE,,AM A LIVING WITNESS..I DONT KNOW HOW TO THANK THIS MAN… I JUST WANT TO HELP OTHERS IN ANY WAY I CAN..HAVE JOINED MANY FORUMS AND HAVE POSTED THIS TESTIMONIES AND ALOT OF PEOPLE HAS MAIL AND CALLED THIS MAN ON PHONE AND AFTER 2 WEEKS THEY ALL CONFIRMED NEGATIVE..BBC NEWS TOOK IT LIVE AND EVERY.. HOPE HE HELPS YOU OUT.. EVERYBODY SAW IT AND ITS NOW OUT IN PAPERS AND MAGAZINES THAT THERE’S NATIVE CURE FOR HIV AND ALL WITH THE HELP OF THIS MAN,,HAVE TRIED MY OWN PARTS AND ALL LEFT WITH YOU,,IF YOU LIKE TAKE IT OR NOT..GOD KNOWS HAVE TRIED MY BEST.ABOUT 97 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED NEGATIVE THROUGH ME..AND THEY SEND MAILS TO THANKS ME AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED NEGATIVE,,THIS MAN IS REAL..DON’T MISS THIS CHANCE,,HIV IS A DEADLY VIRUS,,GET RID OF IT NOW..
    case there is anyone who has similar problem and still

    looking for a way out, and he those cast all kind of spell like ::
    Love Spells
    Luck, Money Spells
    Health, Well Being
    Protection, Healing
    Curses, ex, Breakups
    NEW! Combo Spells
    High Priestess Spells
    Vampire Spells
    Authentic Voodoo Spells
    Custom, Other Spells
    Business spells
    Health/Healing spells
    Cancer healing
    Curse removal
    Job spells
    Healing from all kind of diseases
    Love binding
    Barrenness(need a child)
    Need love
    Lottery Spells
    Promotions
    Success
    Money rituals
    winning court case
    Divorce spells
    Low sperm count
    Infertility in women
    Breast enlargement/reduction
    Penis enlargement/reduction
    Diabetes
    Arthritis
    sicklecell
    YOU CAN CONTACT HIM HERE AS (dr.abalaka@outlook.com) and also his state based number text him here if you’re in the US: 760-935-3804 if you need any question contact me via here as mariambaurice@gmail.com i wish you best of luck and good health.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 
[contact-form-7 id="10015"]
[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]