Free Hepatitis C Testing Open To El Paso Residents In May
It’s Hepatitis Awareness Month, and El Pasoans can receive a free Hepatitis C test courtesy of the Department of Public Health HIV Prevention Program.
Wondering if you may be infected with Hepatitis C? Don't delay getting tested - Hepatitis C is a deadly virus responsible for two of every three liver cancer deaths.
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the disease can be chronic or acute, affecting more than 300 million people worldwide. Hepatitis viruses are the most common cause of hepatitis infection, but alcohol, drugs, and autoimmune diseases can also cause Hepatitis C.
The department of Public Health HIV Prevention Program reports that about 25% of infected people will clear the virus. Still, seventy-five percent will develop a chronic infection which can progress to cirrhosis and end-stage liver disease, causing over 1 million deaths each year.
On Wednesday, May 19, in recognition of May’s Hepatitis Awareness month, the El Paso community is invited to receive a free Hepatitis C test.
Aside from the free testing, the HIV Prevention Program will be providing medical care and treatment for individuals who are Hepatitis C positive.
- 18+ qualify for the test
- Residents will need to make an appointment for a Hepatitis C test
- Call 915-212-6690 or 915-212-6665 to make an appointment
For more information, visit EPHealth.com under the Services, HIV Prevention Tab.
- Department of Public Health HIV Prevention Program
- 701 Montana, El Paso, Texas 79902.
- Free Hepatitis C testing
- Wednesday, May 19, 2021
- 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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