SILENCE keeps hepatitis C alive!
It is a silent disease that can affect anyone.
Nearly five million Americans have hepatitis C, and almost four million don’t know it, including nearly 350,000 Floridians.
Almost three out of four baby boomers with hepatitis C are unaware.
Don’t take your status for granted. Get tested!
Ask your doctor to add the hepatitis C test to your next set of labs.
Elijah was treated when he was 4-years-old, and he was cured at age 7.
Get tested for hepatitis C.
HEPATITIS C IS NOW
Hepatitis C (HCV):
- is spread by blood-to-blood contact
- has no vaccine
- can live outside the body up to four days
- is five times more prevalent than HIV in the U.S.
- is leading cause of liver transplants and liver cancer
- affects people from many different backgrounds
- 17,000 people are waiting for a liver and 2/3 will die waiting. Please sign your organ donor cards.
You are at a higher risk for HCV if you:
- have had blood transfusions or organ transplants before 1992
- have had clotting factors made before 1987
- have shared personal items like razor blades, toothbrushes, nail clippers or tweezers
- have received tattoos, body piercings or other beauty services in an unsanitary setting
- have engaged in sexual activity where blood was exchanged
- are a veteran (especially Vietnam)
- are a first responder or health care worker exposed to needle sticks
- have had chronic kidney dialysis;
- have been incarcerated or shared drug paraphernalia (IV or intranasal)
Get tested for hepatitis C and vaccinated for hepatitis A and B.