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Hawaii: Free Testing for Hepatitis Available

May 16, 2014

This article was reported by West Hawaii Today.

West Hawaii Today reported that in observance of National Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19, Hawaii's Department of Health is promoting greater awareness of the hepatitis virus and its ongoing free testing and latest partnership with Walgreens to provide free hepatitis risk assessments. Throughout the year, uninsured residents can receive free hepatitis B and C screenings from a partnership between the Department of Health, community groups, and health clinics.

Hawaii has the highest rate of liver cancer in the United States, and the Department of Health estimates that 1 to 3 percent of its residents have hepatitis B and approximately 23,000 have hepatitis C.

On the island of Hawaii, hepatitis B and C screenings are offered by appointment at the Waiakea Health Center in Hilo. Call (808) 974-4247 for information or an appointment. Hepatitis C testing is available at the Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation, 75-240 Nani Kailua Drive, Kailua-Kona, (808) 331-8177 and 16-204 Melakahiwa Place, Suite 1, Kea'au, (808) 982-8800. Uninsured persons can call Aloha United Way at 211 or visit www.hepfreehawaii.org to locate the nearest free screening location. Individuals with insurance may visit Walgreens in Hilo, (808) 961-1001, or visit their primary care provider.

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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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