Hepatitis C (Hep C) is a disease of the liver that can cause serious health problems including liver failure and liver cancer. Hep C spreads when blood from a person with the Hep C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. Most people become infected with Hep C by sharing needles or other paraphernalia to inject drugs.
HEP C CURE
Recent medical breakthroughs have created a revolution in the treatment for Hep C. Today, the most common treatment for Hep C is to simply take a pill daily, at home, for as little as two months. This regiment is much simpler than the past treatments that included ongoing injections of Interferon (a drug that has chemo-like side effects).
Testing for Hep C is recommended for people who:
- have ever injected drugs, even if it was just once or many years ago
- received donated blood or organs before 1992
- have certain medical conditions, such HIV or AIDS
- have been exposed to blood from a person who has Hep C
- are healthcare workers exposed to a needle prick
- were born to a mother with Hep C
- were born from 1945 – 1965.
Get tested and if positive, ask your doctor for information on how long you may need treatment.
GET TESTED - YOU CAN BE HEP C FREE
For more information on these services please contact: (914) 964-7723
The program is funded through grants from the Department of Health and Human Services, New York State Department of Health (AIDS Institute) and Westchester County Department of Health.
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