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WORLD HEPATITIS DAY IS JULY 28

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 Did you know Hepatitis C is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the Hepatitis C  virus enters the body of someone who is not infected.  Prior to 1992, when widespread screening of the blood supply began in the United States, Hepatitis C was also commonly spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants.  Today, most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs.   

Is it possible to have Hepatitis C and not know it?

Yes, many people who are infected with the   Hepatitis C virus do not know they are infected because they do not look or feel sick.  

What are the symptoms of Hepatitis C?

Most people with chronic Hepatitis C do not have symptoms.  Approximately 70 - 80 % of people with acute Hepatitis C do not have any symptoms.  Some people can have mild to severe symptoms soon after being infected, including:

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  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Clay-colored bowel movements
  • Joint pain
  • Jaundice (yellow color in the skin or eyes)

 

Who should get tested for Hepatitis C?

  • You were born from 1945 through 1965
  • You are a current or former injection drug user, even if you injected only one time or many years ago.
  • You were treated for a blood clotting problem before 1987.
  • You received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before July 1992.
  • You are on long-term hemodialysis treatment.
  • You have abnormal liver tests or  liver disease.
  • You work in health care or public safety and were exposed to blood through a needlestick or other sharp object injury.
  • You are infected with HIV.

 

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Contact the Office of Community Health at (630)483-5665 or email health@hanover-township.org form more information or to schedule an appointment for a Hepatitis C screening.  (self-pay clients only - Medicare/Medicaid recipients not eligible)

 

Mention code HEPC17 when scheduling to receive $5.00 off.