|Free testing on National Hepatitis Testing Day!
More than 75% of Americans with hepatitis C are baby boomers and most are unaware that they have the virus, so take advantage of this FREE service on National Hepatitis Testing Day! The testing will take place on May 19th from 9 am to 3 pm at the Webb Building located at 201 W. Colfax Avenue.
Most people with hepatitis C have no symptoms of an infection so it’s important to get tested if you fall into this birth range. Being a baby boomer is considered a risk factor; other risk factors are blood transfusions before 1992, tattooing outside of a licensed facility, sharing needles and many more. There are treatments for hepatitis C that are easier to tolerate than older treatments and can cure someone of the disease.
Councilman López has been sponsoring a proclamation recognizing May 19 as Hepatitis Testing Day for many years. His grandfather contracted the virus from a blood transfusion while serving in WWII and his life was cut short because it was detected too late for treatment. “I’ve seen firsthand how devastating this disease can be and it doesn’t have to be”, the Councilman stated.
National Hepatitis Testing Day is organized by Hep C Connection and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Organizations across the state will provide free, confidential, drop-in hepatitis C testing on May 19th. Other Denver testing sites include: Denver Public Health: 605 Bannock Street, 2nd Floor (10 am – 3 pm) and Denver Colorado AIDS Project/Hey Denver: Avella Pharmacy, 1245 E. Colfax Avenue (10 am – 4 pm). A list of all of the testing sites is available online at www.hepc-connection.org or by calling 1-800-522-HEPC (4372).