Free hepatitis screenings May 20-22 at wellness center

Mountain Health and Wellness is continuing to offer free and discreet rapid hepatitis C screening for all “at-risk” members of the community through May 22 at the center’s Apache Junction campus at 625 N. Plaza Drive.

The screenings began May 18. Walk-ins are welcome. Scheduled appointments are preferred.

Testing takes about 20 minutes. No blood draw is necessary. Counseling with referral to a specialist and help with financial assistance for treatment will be available to those who qualify.

At risk are baby boomers — people born between 1945 and 1965 — who are five times more likely to be infected and account for 75 percent of all chronic hepatitis C infections, according to a press release.

Also, anyone who received blood products or organ transplants before 1992, IV drug users who have shared or reused a needle, anyone who has received a tattoo or piercing outside the professional setting and persons who are HIV positive may be at risk, according to the release.

Hepatitis C is treatable and left untreated can cause liver damage, liver failure and liver cancer, according to the release.
To schedule an appointment, call 480-474-5518.

The Apache Junction Independent is mailed each month to 35,000 homes.

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