May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day. In recognition of the Hepatitis Awareness Week (May 17-22), St. Hope Foundation would like you to get tested for FREE.
St. Hope is offering “Free Hepatitis C Screenings.” All St. hope Foundation clinics are offering the screenings at no cost. Individuals can come in and get their results in less than 30 minutes (depending on the number of people waiting). CLICK HERE FOR LOCATIONS.
For more information, call St. Hope Foundation at 713.778.1300.
Four Things You Should Know About Hepatitis
- Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are all different diseases. Each type of hepatitis is caused by a different virus and spread in different ways. Hepatitis A does not cause a long-term infection, although it can make people very sick. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can become chronic, life-long infections and lead to serious health problems.
- Chronic hepatitis is a leading cause of liver cancer. Chronic Hepatitis B and C can cause serious damage to the liver, including liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer. In fact, more than 60 percent of liver cancer cases are related to Hepatitis B or C.
- Most people with chronic hepatitis do not know they are infected. More than five million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis in the United States, but most do not know they are infected. Many people live with chronic hepatitis for decades without symptoms or feeling sick.
- Getting tested could save your life. Lifesaving treatments are available for chronic hepatitis B and new treatments are available that can cure Hepatitis C Still, getting tested is the only way to know if you are infected.