Get Tested for Hepatitis C
Have you been tested for hepatitis C? If you’re like most people, odds are you haven’t been tested or even heard of this serious liver disease, a silent killer often with no early symptoms.
Here’s what you should know:
- Hepatitis C can be passed from person to person through unprotected sexual contact or exposure to contaminated blood or needles—whether through drug use, tattoos or body piercing. When left untreated, hepatitis C can lead to severe liver damage, cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer.
- Getting tested is the best thing you can do to protect yourself—and others. The test—recommended for anyone born between 1945 and 1965—is simple, painless and very effective. Early detection can lead to treatment that can slow liver damage and lower your risk of liver failure and the need for a liver transplant.
- There is no hepatitis C vaccine. If you are at risk for hepatitis C, it important to get tested as soon as possible.
- New research suggests that Latinos are at greater risk for hepatitis C infection, with Puerto Ricans showing higher rates of infection.
Montefiore is committed to personalized treatment for each patient. To learn more about the Liver Disease and Transplantation program, download a copy of our brochure.
Make your appointment for hepatitis C testing today! Talk to your doctor or call us at 1-800-MD-MONTE ext. 55.
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