Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New UAMC Clinic Offers Free Hep C Screenings

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Although the Arizona Department of Health Services does not offer free, state-funded hepatitis screenings, there's a local free alternative—the Liver Institute at the University of Arizona Medical Center currently offers free hepatitis C screenings.

According to a report from the UA Department of Medicine, people with Hep C often have no symptoms. Thomas D. Boyer, director of the institute and head of the UA Department of Medicine, said those infected can live decades without feeling sick "and more importantly, successfully can be treated and cured with medications.”

Each year more than two million people are infected with Hep C, which over time can cause serious health problems, including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver transplantation and even death. Because of the risk of being a hepatitis C carrier, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommends that Baby Boomers, those born between 1945-1962 and five times more likely to have Hep C, be screened for the virus.

The clinic, which also offers treatment and lifetime care, is located at UAMC, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Info on walk-in screening appointments is available at 621-HEPC (4372). The clinic formally opens July 18; but a hotline information number is now taking calls calls. Clinic hours are Friday mornings from 8 to 11 a.m. and is located on the sixth-floor of the multi-specialty outpatient clinic. Minimal registration is involved.

Carol Peters, ANP, said the new treatment for hepatitis C is oral-based, versus injection, and the treatment time is shorter and more effective, with no side effects. The screening test itself takes about 20 minutes and is 98 percent accurate. Any patients testing positive will need to follow up for confirmatory testing.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Mari Herreras

  • Editor's Note

    Hey you yeah you
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • Editor's Note

    Time to get busy
    • Nov 24, 2016
  • Editor's Note

    The pendulum swung, Mari tells the kid, but this time it went too far and we have to speak out for our friends.
    • Nov 17, 2016
  • More »

Staff Pick

Cooking Series with Chef Debbie: Tamales!!!

Get ready for an all-out tamale party! Learn to prepare traditional red pork, chicken green chile, and… More

@ Amerind Museum Sat., Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 2100 N. Amerind Road, Exit 318 off Interstate 10.

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. Tucson Stained Glass Brings Color to the Old Pueblo (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. Gen. Michael Flynn, Conspiracy Tweeter and Trump Whisperer, Is a National Security Risk (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Quick Bites: A Healthy Kind of Bar (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Cinema Clips: Loving (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. For More About Betsy DeVos' Priorities, Follow the Money (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2016 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation