According to the CDC an estimated 3.2 million persons in the United States have chronic Hepatitis C virus infection and an estimated 3 in 4 people who are infected don’t know their status (CDC, 2013; CDC, 2014). In response to this silent epidemic, organizations across the state are coming together to find ways to increase access to prevention, testing, and treatment services for people at risk for or living with Hepatitis C.
Tri-County Health Department is able to offer free, rapid, and confidential Hepatitis C testing to those at risk for Hepatitis C. We offer a simple finger-stick test with results in 20 minutes. Testing is offered to clients with the following risk factors:
- Injection drug use, even once a long time ago
- Born between 1945-1965
- Recipient of blood, blood products, or tissue prior to 1992 or anytime outside of the U.S.
- Recipient of hemodialysis
- Sexual partner of a person with Hepatitis C
- Received tattoo in prison or jail
In addition we are able to provide risk reduction counseling, referrals to community resources, and Hepatitis A and B vaccines at low or no cost. To find a clinic near you please visit Tri-County’s website and for other testing sites around the state please visit Hep C Connection’s website.