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Hepatitis Testing

Easy chart: ABC’s of Hepatitis

 

Hepatitis A – B – C  

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by a hepatitis virus. There are several types of hepatitis infections. The three most common in the United States are Hepatitis A, B, and C.

  • Hepatitis A is a disease that can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests something that has been contaminated with fecal matter (even in small amounts).
    Hepatitis A Vaccine Information   |  Hepatitis A Fact Sheet 
  • Hepatitis B is a serious viral disease that attacks the liver. Approximately 2-10% of adults and 25-80% of children under the age of 5 will not be able to clear the virus in six months and are considered to be chronically infected.
    Hepatitis B Vaccine Information  Hepatitis B Fact Sheet
  • Hepatitis C also causes inflammation of the liver, with an estimated 80% of those infected developing chronic hepatitis. Many can develop cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), and some may also develop liver cancer.
    Hepatitis C Information

Hepatitis

Free Hepatitis C testing

The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health offers FREE Hepatitis C testing for:

  • Past or present IV drug users.
  • Individuals that received a blood transfusion before 1992.
  • People with a history of long-term kidney dialysis.

Contact Betty at 641-421-9320 or bkrones@cghealth.com

 

Free Hepatitis A & B vaccine

The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health offers FREE hepatitis A & B vaccine for past or present IV drug users, men who have sex with men, individuals that have been told that have a sexually transmitted disease, and individuals that have tested positive for the hepatitis C virus.

Your child may be eligible for free vaccine. If you are not sure if your child is covered under the Vaccine for Children program, or you would like to make an appointment, call our walk-in Immunization Clinic at 641-421-9322.

 

For more information about Hepatitis, visit these links:

HCV Advocate

American Liver Foundation

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