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Raising Awareness & Understanding of Hepatitis C

Hepatitis Awareness MonthHepatitis Awareness Month in May is an important time to shine a spotlight on one of the silent threats to public health: Hepatitis C. This infectious disease, primarily targeting the liver, is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). While the infection often progresses without noticeable symptoms, its long-term consequences can be severe, leading to liver scarring (cirrhosis) and potentially culminating in liver failure or cancer.

According to 2021 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Florida is second in the nation for the highest number of newly detected infections, Florida reports approximately 7.1 cases per 100,000 people. Within this concerning trend, specific age groups stand out, with individuals between the ages of 20 and 39 exhibiting higher rates of new infections.

Among these age brackets, the 30-39 age group emerged as the most affected, closely followed by individuals aged 20-29. Moreover, there was a notable gender disparity, with new detection rates being twice as high in men compared to women within the same age range.

Working closely with a Care Resource provider who specializes in managing co-infections can aid with successful treatment.

According to Sanique Olkuch, Nurse Practitioner with Care Resource, Patients who have both HIV and Hepatitis C should consider treatment. Co-infection is common. HIV and hepatitis together make the disease progression more rapid. People who are co-infected can be effectively treated. However, since there are two infections, managing them is more complicated. There is no cure for HIV, but it can be managed, and hepatitis C can be treated successfully.

Care Resource offers Hepatitis C (HCV) Rapid testing for uninsured clients who are also being tested for HIV, in all of their health centers as well as their mobile health units.  The health center can also provide education about HCV, confirmatory blood testing, and assistance with linkage to care and treatment, if necessary.

By raising awareness, expanding access to screening and treatment, and fostering a culture of prevention, Care Resource continues to improve upon the health and overall quality of South Florida’s diverse communities in need.

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.

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