preventative care

May 19th is National Hepatitis Testing Day!

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FREE Hepatitis C testing across Colorado in honor of National Hepatitis Testing Day!

More than 4 million Americans have been infected with Hepatitis C.  More than 75% were born between 1945 and 1965.  Half don’t realize they were exposed because they haven’t been tested.

Help us change that – if you’ve never been tested for Hepatitis C before, take charge of your health on National Hepatitis Testing Day!  Testing will be available at 15 locations around Colorado on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015.  No appointments required.  Just walk in, get tested with a quick fingerstick, and get your results in 20 minutes!

Hep C Connection and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are teaming up with nine other organizations to offer this free service, including Colorado’s regional AIDS service organizations and local county health departments.

Want to locate a testing site near you for May 19th?  Refer to the chart below:

City Location / Testing Organization Address Timeframe
Boulder Boulder County AIDS Project 2118 14th St 10AM – 5PM
Boulder Boulder County Public Health 3482 Broadway 8AM – 4PM
Denver Webb Municipal Building / Hep C Connection 201 W Colfax Ave 9AM – 3PM
Denver Scales’ Pharmacy / Hey Denver 1999 Pennsylvania St 3PM – 8PM
Denver Avella Specialty Pharmacy / Denver Colorado AIDS Project 1245 E Colfax Ave, Suite 102 10AM – 3PM
Denver Tri-County Health Department North Broadway Office 7000 N Broadway,

Suite 400

9AM – 12PM
Fort Collins Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope / Northern Colorado AIDS Project 242 Conifer St 8:30AM – 11:30AM
Grand Junction Grand Valley Catholic Outreach / Western Colorado AIDS Project 245 S 1st St 8AM – 11AM
Grand Junction Western Colorado AIDS Project 805 Main St 11AM – 5PM
Longmont Boulder County Public Health 529 Coffman St, #200 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Northglenn Tri-County Health Department Northglenn Office 10190 Bannock St, Suite 100 3PM – 5:30 PM
Pueblo Senior Resource Development Authority / Hep C Connection & Southern Colorado AIDS Project 230 N Union Ave 1PM – 5PM
Pueblo Pueblo City-County Health Department 101 W 9th St 1PM – 4PM

 

Testing will also be offered at the Aurora Central Library (14949 E Alameda Parkway) on the previous day (May 18th) by Tri-County Health Department from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Door-to-door campaign linked hepatitis C patients to care

Working on the streets in medically underserved Philadelphia neighborhoods, members of the Do One Thing program have been able to identify residents chronically infected with hepatitis C and help them overcome the hurdles that prevent people from being cured, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.  Read on….

This post was shared from Caring Ambassadors, Inc.

Pregnant Women With Hep C Have 6% Chance of Passing the Virus to Their Babies

(reposted from AIDSmeds.com)

Pregnant women with hepatitis C virus (HCV) have an estimated 5.8 percent risk of transmitting the virus to their unborn child, a risk that more than doubles if they are coinfected with HIV. Publishing their findings in Clinical Infectious Diseases, researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 109 studies to make their estimates about the risk of mother-to-child transmission (MTCT).

The mother’s 5.8 percent chance of transmitting the virus to her baby rises to 10.8 percent if she is HIV-positive. HIV itself raises the risk 2.56-fold, more so than any other determinant of risk.

The scientists stated that more research is needed into other ways that children who are at risk of MTCT may be put at risk for contracting hep C during early childhood.

To read the study, click here.

Baby Boomers! Know More Hepatitis!

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have just released the next phase of the national Know More Hepatitis campaign.  Of the estimated 3.2 million Americans who have Hepatitis C, 3 in 4 are people born from 1945 to 1965.  Since as many as 50% of people with Hepatitis C don’t know they are infected, the campaign encourages everyone born from 1945-1965 to get tested for the virus.

The campaign is being implemeneted using a variety of multimedia channels: print, radio, and TV PSAs, as well as airport dioramas, billboards, and transit advertisements.  CDC also developed materials to support educational efforts at the local level, including posters, fact sheets, infographics, and more.

You can view the new Know More Hepatitis PSA on YouTube and an infographic from the campaign below.

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Patient Advocate Foundation Launches New Care Line for Hepatitis C Patients

Our friends over at the Patient Advocate Foundation have recently launched a new toll-free care line for people living with hepatitis C.  Case managers on the hotline focus on helping individuals access financial assistance to offset the cost of treatment.

The current reality of hepatitis C is that, while many individuals may be fully aware of their status, a good portion either can’t afford or don’t know how to go about qualifying for treatment.  With the newest hepatitis C medications on the market providing cure rates for certain genotypes in the 95th percentile and above, the need for proactive care and treatment at affordable costs is more important now than ever before.

Individuals living with a chronic infection of hepatitis C can receive case management services via the Patient Advocate Foundation’s Care Line free-of-charge.  The number to call is 1-800-532-5274,  You can also visit their website here.

If you have questions after reading this article, please call our helpline at 1-800-522-HEPC (4372).

Introducing…Friday’s Fact v. Fiction!

Ever wonder what the real deal is on that herbal supplement reputed to reduce the effects of Hepatitis C?  Or what the true story of why the baby boomer generation is more at risk for infections like viral hepatitis?  Or why people who use illicit drugs are less likely to access health care?

Wonder no longer! Introducing StepUpToHep’s weekly myth-buster, Friday’s Fact v. Fiction!

For our inaugural Friday post, we focus on the facts about Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccinations.

“I’m good.  I’m pretty sure I got all of those shots when I was a kid.”

StepUp says: That might be true, but unless you can verify the following via your medical records, you might still need follow-up doses to be completely vaccinated against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B:

* 2 doses of Hepatitis A vaccine

* 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine

(or)

* 3 doses of combined Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccine (called TWINRIX)

“I don’t want to get the vaccine because I’m afraid it will infect me with a virus.”

StepUp says: The vaccines for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B will not infect you with either of those viruses.  Contrary to popular thought, these vaccines do not contain live, active virus; rather, they contain killed or inactivated virus designed to generate an immune response.  The bottom line? People who have been fully vaccinated aren’t at risk.

“I waited too long to get my next dose.  I don’t want to have to start all over with the first shot again.”

StepUp says: Most of the time, you don’t need to start over if you missed your return appointment for your next dose, and when you finally do get follow-up doses, your vaccine series will still be considered complete. Getting second or third doses too early is more detrimental to the vaccine’s effectiveness.  If it is recommended for you to start a vaccine series over from the beginning, it is not harmful for you to receive the same dose twice. For more information on vaccine schedules, visit CDC’s Hepatitis Vaccinations Hub.

“There’s a vaccine for Hepatitis C.”

StepUp says: Unfortunately, there isn’t.  But for people living with a Hepatitis C infection, it is important to get Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccinations.  Co-infection with different types of hepatitis can cause increased damage to the liver and can complicate treatment options.

For more information on Hepatitis A, B, and C, check out the ABCs of Hepatitis.

If you’re a parent and have questions about vaccinations for your child, check out Parenting.com’s article, “10 Vaccine Myths – Busted.”

Join us next Friday for more Fact v. Fiction!

If you have questions after reading this article, please call our helpline at 1-800-522-HEPC (4372).