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Mississippi: Free Hepatitis C Testing in May

May 9, 2014

This article was reported by Picayune Item.

The Picayune Item reported that during May, individuals born between 1945 and 1965 are eligible for free hepatitis B and C screenings at Mississippi's county health departments. According to Mississippi Department of Health State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs, individuals born within that timeframe are at chronic risk of contracting hepatitis B or C, and nationwide those born between 1945 and 1965 account for 75 percent of reported hepatitis C virus (HCV) cases. Hepatitis A and B can heal without medical intervention, but 85 percent of those with HCV will have chronic infection that with time can lead to inflammation of the liver, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. Dobbs said that when diagnosed, HCV is treatable and possibly curable, as there are a new series of available treatments that can lead to a 90-percent cure rate in 12 weeks. Medications exist to treat but not cure hepatitis B. For further information or to make an appointment with the Pearl River County Health Department located at 7547 Highway 11 North in Carriere, call (601) 798-6212.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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