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Hep C Awareness Month 2021

May 04

The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States. During May, CDC and our public health partners work to raise awareness of this epidemic by encouraging priority populations to get tested.

Hep C Awareness Month includes Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19th, an important opportunity to raise widespread awareness of viral hepatitis and its impact. HealthCore Clinic helps expand national efforts to improve the health of the estimated 2.4 million people living with hepatitis C ( and the 862,000 people living with Hepatitis B)

During Hepatitis C Awareness Month, we encourage all adults to get tested for hepatitis C. The goal is to ultimately reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with hep C by increasing testing so those who are infected get access to life-saving care and treatment. Treatment is available that can cure hepatitis C for most people.

Hepatitis Virus

What Is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus. Most people who get infected with hep C will develop a chronic, or lifelong, infection. Left untreated, chronic hepatitis C can cause serious health problems including liver disease, liver failure, and even liver cancer. Hepatitis C Awareness Month is a great time to schedule a hep c screening.

Hep C Causes

Hepatitis C is typically spread when a person comes into contact with blood from an infected person. In the past, hep C was most commonly spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants. However, widespread screening of the blood supply began in 1990 and the hepatitis C virus was virtually eliminated by 1992.

Today, most people become infected with hepatitis C by sharing needles, syringes, or any other equipment to inject drugs. New infection rates have been on the rise, particularly among young adults, which coincides with the recent increase in injection drug use related to the opioid crisis we are facing in the United States. While less common, hepatitis C can also spread through select health care exposures, sex with an infected person, birth to an infected mother, as well as tattoos and body piercings from unlicensed facilities or informal settings.

Hepatitis C Symptoms

People with hepatitis C often have no symptoms. This is why testing is so extremely important, it is the only way to know if you are infected. CDC now recommends all adults and pregnant women get tested for hep C, in addition to anyone with ongoing risk and certain medical conditions.

Treatments are available that can cure hepatitis C. Once diagnosed, most people with hepatitis C can be cured in just 8 to 12 weeks, reducing liver cancer risk by 75%.

Hep C Testing and Treatment

Hep C Testing and Screening

A blood test, called an HCV antibody test, is used to find out if someone has ever been infected with the hepatitis C virus. The HCV antibody test is sometimes called the anti-HCV test. This screening looks for antibodies to the hepatitis C virus in the blood. Antibodies are chemicals released into the bloodstream when someone gets infected. Test results can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to come back.

There are two results from a hepatitis C antibody test.

To schedule a hepatitis C test, call us at 316-691-0249 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

Hep C Treatment

At HealthCore Clinic, we treat hepatitis C using our integrated approach. We combine Medical and Behavioral Health with your treatment to remove barriers and ensure each patient is able to complete the treatment successfully. We treat the hepatitis C infection with antiviral medications and regular check-ins with your healthcare team for 3 months on average. The goal of the treatment is to eliminate the hepatitis C virus from your body.

Our integrated approach to hepatitis C treatment includes:

Hep C Awareness FAQs and Statistics

Acute Hepatitis C

Acute Hepatitis C in 2018

Rates of acute hepatitis C increased in 2018, particularly among those aged 20-39 years, consistent with age groups most impacted by the nation’s opioid crisis.

Groups Most Affected by Acute Hepatitis C in 2018

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By Sex

By Race/ Ethnicity

By Risk

Hep C Treatment

Live Hep C Free!

Begin living Hep C-free with HealthCore Clinic’s Hepatitis C Treatment Program.

To learn more about how we treat hepatitis C, call us at 316-691-0249 or contact us online to schedule a consultation and start living Hep C free!