Hepatitis C is an infectious disease affecting primarily the liver, caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The infection is often asymptomatic, but chronic infection can lead to scarring of the liver and ultimately to cirrhosis, which is generally apparent after many years. In some cases, those with cirrhosis will go on to develop liver failure or liver cancer. The word ‘hepatitis’ means inflammation of the liver. Toxins, certain drugs, heavy alcohol use, bacterial and viral infections can all cause hepatitis.
Up to 5.3 million Americans have chronic Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C infection. About 75% of the infected population is unaware that they are even infected.
According to Sanique Olkuch, Nurse Practitioner with Care Resource, “Patients who have both HIV and Hepatitis C should definitely consider treatment. Co-infection is fairly common. The HIV and the Hepatitis together makes the disease progress more rapidly. People that are co-infected can be effectively treated. However, since there are two infections to deal with managing them is more complicated. There is no cure for HIV, but it can be controlled. Hepatitis C can be treated successfully. Working closely with a one of Care Resource’s providers who specializes in managing co-infections will give you a chance for successful treatment.”
In July, new clients who test positive for Hepatitis C may receive a FREE medical voucher, which includes a physical exam, confirmatory testing, and one follow-up visit if needed.
*Clients will be eligible for the FREE Hepatitis C testing only in conjunction with HIV and/or STD testing
Below are the dates, locations and times:
Midtown Miami Office – 3801 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33137
Tuesday, July 14th at 11AM (for English speakers)
Tuesday, July 28th at 11AM (for Spanish speakers)
Education provided by community educator Carmen Gali of Gilead Sciences, HCV Division. Complimentary lunch available.
Fort Lauderdale Office – 871 West Oakland Park Blvd., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33311
(2nd Floor Conference Room)
Thursday, July 16th at 11AM (for English speakers)
Monthly Hepatitis C Education & Support Group. FREE Hepatitis testing will be provided.
About Care Resource:
Care Resource is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Care Resource provides comprehensive primary medical and preventive care, including dental care, in-house pharmacy services and behavioral health/substance abuse services to all individuals in South Florida’s diverse communities. For more information, please visit www.careresource.org.