Hepatitis C is just one of many possible causes of infection of the liver.
Many people with Hepatitis C do not have symptoms and do not know they are infected. If symptoms occur, they can include: fever, feeling tired, not wanting to eat, upset stomach, throwing up, dark urine, grey-colored stool, joint pain, and yellow skin and eyes.
Over time, chronic Hepatitis C can cause serious health problems including liver disease, liver failure, and even liver cancer.
More information about Hepatitis C can be found online at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While test supplies last, Health Departments in the West Central Health District will be offering free hepatitis C tests to those who meet the flowing risk factors:
If you have any of these risk factors it’s important to get tested.
The free Ora Sure Hepatitis C test is a quick fingerstick and takes only about 20 minutes to process. The test has greater than 98% accuracy and tests for multiple Hepatitis C genotypes at the same time.
County Health Departments offering the free hepatitis C testing include: Columbus, Chattahoochee, Clay, Crisp, Dooly, Harris, Macon, Marion, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor and Webster.
If you have further questions, please contact your county health department.