Free Hepatitis C Screenings Available

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc. and TruCare Internal Medicine & Infectious Disease will sponsor free HEP C Screenings for persons 55 and older at the following Centers for Active Living;

  • Mahaffey Center for Active Living, 955 Market St., Mahaffey, June 12, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Phone: 814-277-4544.
  • Kylertown Center for Active Living, 70 Senior Dr., Kylertown, June 19, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Phone: 814-345-6338

Although there are many ways for a person to get HEP C, there are certain factors that can put people at a higher risk, including:

  • Being born between 1945 and 1965
  • Being born with a mother with HEP C
  • Shared razor or toothbrush
  • Healthcare/public safety workers and members of the military exposed to blood or dirty needles
  • Tattoos or body piercing (due to contaminated equipment)
  • Having an organ transplant before 1992
  • Having a blood transfusion before 1992
  • Injecting illegal drugs-even if it was years ago
  • Having HIV or AIDS
  • Being exposed to blood from someone with HEP C
  • Having a history of long-term kidney dialysis

Because Hep C is a slow progressing disease and often shows no symptoms, many of those with the disease don’t know they have it and are unaware that Hep C is curable. It’s important to get tested now.

Programs and services of the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc. are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Mature Resources Foundation and local and client contributions.

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