News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2012
Health Department to host Hepatitis C testing clinic May 18
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department will provide a free and confidential rapid Hepatitis C testing clinic from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Friday, May 18 in the Health Department’s atrium, located at 2400 Troost Ave. This clinic is in support of National Hepatitis Testing Day, which is observed on May 19. The tests were provided by the American Liver Foundation.
“Many people do not realize they are at risk for or have Hepatitis C,” said Ron Griffin, division manager of the Communicable Disease Prevention and Public Health Preparedness Division. “A recent study by the American Gastroenterological Association suggests that all baby boomers born between 1946 and 1965 should be tested for Hepatitis C.”
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that affects the liver and is transmitted through blood-to-blood contact. Its discovery is fairly recent, occurring between 1987 and 1989, with the first test becoming available in 1990.
Residents who are not baby boomers may still be at risk for Hepatitis C or other forms of hepatitis. Residents may visit http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/riskassessment/ to take a Hepatitis Risk Assessment. More information on Hepatitis C or other types of hepatitis can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/index.htm.
Media inquiries on this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer, 816-840-2548 (pager). Follow the Health Department on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, www.facebook.com/kcmohealthdept, www.twitter.com/kcmohealthdept and www.youtube.com/user/kcmohealthdept.