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Hepatitis C in Massachusetts: What You Should Know

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Hepatitis C in Massachusetts: What You Should Know

As many as four million Americans have hepatitis C, a liver disease caused by a blood-borne virus, but most of them are unaware of their diagnosis. Because of this, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recently recommended a one-time hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody test for anyone born between 1945 and 1965.

Although there is no vaccine for hepatitis C, many doctors recommend that you receive vaccines against the hepatitis A and B viruses.

Treatments for hepatitis C have dramatically improved over time. The infection is treated with antiviral medications intended to clear the virus from your body. The goal of treatment is to have no hepatitis C virus detected in your body at least 12 weeks after you complete treatment.

In 2016, Massachusetts Medicaid program announced it was lifting restrictions that prevented many patients from getting the drugs that can cure hepatitis C after negotiating discounts with two manufacturers. With the restrictions gone, more than 3,400 people were expected to get treatment.

Health Quarters currently tests and refers for treatment for hepatitis C and you can book an appointment or call us if you have any questions or want to get tested. If you have been or are in treatment for hepatitis C and like your provider, we’d love to hear about them to see about a potential partnership. In response to other community feedback, we’re starting to explore treating hepatitis C in our clinics and would love to hear what you think about Health Quarters providing that service.

Posted on July 13, 2017

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