Goodwin Community Health is happy to offer Hepatitis C treatment to our established patients.
WHAT IS HEPATITIS C?
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus primarily affecting the liver. The liver is responsible for breaking down nutrients, filtering blood, and fighting infection. More than 95% of people suffering from chronic Hepatitis C can be cured with modern treatment.
WHO IS AT RISK FOR HEPATITIS C?
- Baby Boomers (1945-65)
- Recipients (prior to 1992) of donated blood, blood products, or whole organs
- Those who have ever injected drugs, even one time or many years ago
- Individuals with chronic conditions such as liver disease, HIV or AIDS, or who are on hemodialysis
- Those born to a mother with Hepatitis C
- Individuals exposed to blood of someone known to have Hepatitis C
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Most people do not show signs or symptoms of Hepatitis C infection, so if you fall into any of the “at-risk” categories above, you should be tested. Those who do show symptoms may experience fever, fatigue, upset stomach, dark urine, gray-colored stool, joint pain, and/or yellowing of the skin and eyes.
HOW CAN I GET TREATMENT?
Goodwin Community Health offers in-house testing and treatment of Hepatitis C for established patients. This treatment usually has few or no side effects. If you are interested in treatment through our program, talk with your health care provider.