In recognition of May’s Hepatitis Awareness month, the Department of Public Health HIV Prevention Program is offering free hepatitis C testing on Wednesday, May 19 from 8 am to 11 am and from 1 pm to 4 pm at 701 Montana, El Paso, Texas 79902.
“People with the highest risk of developing chronic Hepatitis C are baby boomer adults born between 1945 and 1965,” said Irene Ovalle, HIV Program Manager. “With 1 in 4 people living with HIV co-infected with Hepatitis C, we continually encourage testing to empower people to know their status”.
Hepatitis C is a virus that infects liver cells. About 25% of those who are infected will clear the virus, but seventy-five percent will develop a chronic infection which can progress to cirrhosis and end-stage liver disease.
Populations at risk for hepatitis C are HIV patients, baby boomers, and individuals who are intravenous drug users.
In addition to testing, the HIV Prevention Program can assist Hepatitis C positive individuals with linkage to medical care and treatment.