Friday, July 29, 2011

Get Tested; Free Hepatitis C Test

World Hepatitis Day -- Get Screened
From: AmerGastroAssn Jul 28, 2011 33 views

AGA member Vinod Rustgi spreads the word about hepatitis screening in a new public service announcement.

Click here to order a FREE Home Access Hepatitis C Test Kit

How Soon Should I Get Tested After Exposure ?

After the exposure (especially if the blood exposure involved another person known to have the hepatitis C virus), it is recommended that testing for the hepatitis C antibody be performed at 4 to 6 months after the exposure OR that testing for the hepatitis C virus itself (a test often called an HCV PCR or hepatitis C viral load test) be performed 4 to 6 weeks after the potential exposure. These tests are done to determine whether or not hepatitis C infection has occurred as a result of the exposure.

Hepatitis C Testing Facilities by State
The HCCAP HCV Testing Sites map lists only facilities offering free or low cost hepatitis C screening services for those with limited resources due to lack of health insurance, lack of coverage for such testing, and/or limited financial resources.
People with health insurance coverage who want to be screened for hepatitis C are advised to see their doctor to request a hepatitis C screening test.
Availability of hepatitis C testing at a given site is subject to change. HCCAP recommends calling a facility to verify the current availability of hepatitis C testing and the process involved before scheduling or visiting that facility. Be aware that many facilities have limited hours or require appointments.

Click Here To view facilities offering free or low cost hepatitis C screening services

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