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Hepatitis

Signature Health offers free, confidential Hepatitis screening to both current patients and non-patients.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that can progress to fibrosis, cirrhosis, or liver cancer.

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What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis viruses are the most common cause of hepatitis in the world. Other infections, drugs and alcohol, and autoimmune diseases can also cause hepatitis. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that can progress to fibrosis, cirrhosis, or liver cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 


Signs and Symptoms of Hepatitis

Many people will not show signs or symptoms of infection until late in the disease state. This is why screening is important.

Symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Pain in the abdomen on the right side (base of the rib cage)
  • Jaundice (yellowing of eyes, skin, and mouth)
  • Grossly darkened urine
  • Decreased appetite
  • Vomiting/nausea
  • Change in color of bowel movements

Types of Hepatitis

There are five types of hepatitis including: A, B, C, D, and E.
Most common types, and the types that we focus on, are A, B, and C.

Hepatitis A (HAV)

Most commonly transmitted by eating or drinking feces-contaminated food or water. Certain sex practices can also spread Hepatitis A. Most people infected by the virus make a full recovery.

However, in certain cases, Hepatitis A can be severe and life-threatening. (World Health Organization [WHO], 2019). There are safe and effective vaccines available at Signature Health to prevent HAV. We also provide symptom management treatment for those infected by the virus.

Hepatitis B (HBV)

Transmitted through infected blood, semen, or other body fluids. Most commonly, HBV is transmitted through blood. HPV may also pass from mother to baby at the time of birth or from family member to infant in early childhood.

Hepatitis B can also be transmitted through blood transfusions, contaminated injections during medical procedures, and through injection drug use. (World Health Organization [WHO], 2019). There are safe and effective vaccines available at Signature Health to prevent HBV. We also provide medication to suppress the virus. Unfortunately, there is no cure currently available.

Hepatitis C (HCV)

Most commonly transmitted through infected blood by IV drug use. Hepatitis C can also be transmitted through contaminated blood transfusions, contaminated injections during a medical procedure, by sex with a Hepatitis C positive person, and from mother to baby during pregnancy or childbirth. (World Health Organization [WHO], 2019).

Though there is no vaccine currently available for Hepatitis C, it is curable. Treatment is available at Signature Health.

Screenings and Treatment

For our walk-in screening schedule, visit 
www.signaturefreetest.org.

If your test comes back positive, Signature Health can provide follow-up care and treatment for you.

If you already know you are positive for Hepatitis C, let us know. You will not be required to complete further screening. Instead, you will be referred directly to treatment.

We accept community referrals for Hepatitis C treatment services. We see and treat referrals even if they don’t engage in any other services at Signature Health.

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Both current patients and non-patients may receive Hepatitis C screening at Signature Health.

Hepatitis C screening is free, confidential, fast, and can be done at the same time as an HIV screening. The screening itself is a quick finger prick and the results are available within 20 minutes or less.

You do not need an appointment for a Hepatitis screening. Simply let the front desk know you would like a “free screening” and you’ll be helped accordingly.