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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2013

Health Department to hold special Hepatitis C testing clinic

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department will host a Hepatitis C testing and referral clinic on Monday, May 20 from 1-4 p.m. The clinic will be in Suite 1000 on the first floor of the Health Department, 2400 Troost Ave. Signage in the atrium will direct clinic visitors to the appropriate room.

At this special clinic the Health Department will provide free testing through a blood test on a walk-in basis for those who are at high risk for Hepatitis C, which include individuals who fit one or more of the following criteria:

    Born between 1945 and 1965,

    Current or former injection drug users, even if they only injected one time or many years ago,

    Treated for a blood clotting problem before 1987,

    Received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before July 1992,

    On long-term hemodialysis treatment,

    Have abnormal liver tests or liver disease,

    Work in health care or public safety and were exposed to blood through a needle stick or other sharp object injury, or

    Infected with HIV

Hepatitis C is a liver disease that is spread when blood from an infected person enters another person’s body. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness resulting in long-term health conditions or even death. There is currently no vaccine to prevent infection with Hepatitis C. The best way to prevent Hepatitis C is to avoid behaviors that can spread the disease, especially injection drug use.

More information on other Health Department clinics and services may be found on our website, www.kcmo.org/health.

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