Hepatitis C Screening & Treatment

Hepatitis C Screening & Treatment

Screening for Hepatitis C

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all adults ages 18 to 79 years be screened for hepatitis C, even those without symptoms or known liver disease. Screening for HCV is especially important if you’re at high risk of exposure, including:

  • Anyone who has ever injected or inhaled illicit drugs
  • Anyone who has abnormal liver function test results with no identified cause
  • Babies born to mothers with hepatitis C
  • Health care and emergency workers who have been exposed to blood or accidental needle sticks
  • People with hemophilia who were treated with clotting factors before 1987
  • People who have undergone long-term hemodialysis treatments
  • People who received blood transfusions or organ transplants before 1992
  • Sexual partners of anyone diagnosed with hepatitis C infection
  • People with HIV infection
  • Anyone born between 1945 and 1965
  • Anyone who has been in prison

Other Blood Tests

If an initial blood test shows that you have hepatitis C, additional blood tests will:

  • Measure the quantity of the hepatitis C virus (viral load) in your blood
  • Identify the genotype of the virus

Hepatitis C Treatment

Hepatitis C is treated with antiviral medications intended to clear the virus from your body. The treatment goal is to have no hepatitis C virus detected in your body at least 12 weeks after you complete treatment.

Throughout the treatment process, our hepatitis C program professionals are available to assist you to ensure your safety and treatment compliance.

For more information, contact:
Charlene Todd, RN
Hepatitis C Care Management Nurse
Great Lakes Bay Health Center – Hepatitis C Clinic
Phone: 989-395-0506 Fax: 989-907-2781 Email: ctodd@glbhealth.org

Our hours of operation are Monday–Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.