Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus. Today, most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. For some people, hepatitis C is a short-term illness but for 70%–85% of people who become infected with Hepatitis C, it becomes a long-term, chronic infection. Chronic Hepatitis C is a serious disease than can result in long-term health problems, even death. The majority of infected persons might not be aware of their infection because they are not clinically ill. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C. The best way to prevent Hepatitis C is by avoiding behaviors that can spread the disease, especially injecting drugs.
At Project ACT our staff provides Free Hepatitis C testing using the OraQuick HCV Rapid Antibody Test which is a simple three step, CLIA waived test providing results within 20 minutes at greater than 98% accuracy. Our staff also provides risk behavior counseling and safe sex kits (i.e. condoms, lube etc.)
How common is acute Hepatitis C in the United States?
In 2014, there were an estimated 30,500 cases of acute hepatitis C virus infections reported in the United States.
Schedule A Test
Testing has never been easier! When you show up for your scheduled test you will fill out a very simple form, take the OraQuickTM oral swab test, and then get your results in a little over 20 minutes. These tests are 99.89% accurate.