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According to the CDC, the rate of Hepatitis C infection is on the rise nationwide and unfortunately Madison County isn’t bucking the trend. Madison County Health Department (MCHD) receives reports of Hepatitis C infections almost daily. Many of the recently infected cases are directly attributable to IV drug use and needle sharing. MCHD is now offering testing for HEPATITIS C and encourages anyone who might be at risk to be tested.
Did you know?
- Approximately 70%-80% of people with acute Hepatitis C don’t have symptoms.
- People born between 1945 and 1965 have the highest rates of Hepatitis C.
- You are at risk if you are a current or former injection drug user, even if you injected only one time or many years ago.
- Of every 100 people infected with Hepatitis C about 75-85 people will develop Chronic Hepatitis C infections.
- Chronic Hepatitis C infection can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer, if left untreated and eventually death.
- New treatments are available for Hepatitis C that can get rid of the virus.
Who should be tested for Hepatitis C?
- Anyone who has injected drugs, even if just once or many years ago.
- Anyone with certain medical conditions, such as chronic liver disease and HIV or AIDS.
- Anyone who has received donated blood or organs before 1992.
- Anyone born from 1945 through 1965.
- Anyone with abnormal liver tests or liver disease.
- Health and safety workers who have been exposed to blood on the job through a needle stick or injury with a sharp object.
- Anyone on hemodialysis.
- Anyone born to a mother with Hepatitis C.
Contact the Madison County Health Department at: (859) 623-7312 in Richmond or (859) 986-1192 in Berea to schedule an appointment to be tested.
Click here for the latest information from the CDC.
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