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WASHINGTON: Free Hepatitis Testing for At-Risk Individuals




 

Snohomish, Wash., Health District is offering free hepatitis C virus (HCV) tests to at-risk individuals. According to Kathy Perkins, health district nurse, they will be using a rapid test this year that gives results in approximately 20 minutes. The test requires a drop of blood from a finger prick. Individuals who qualify for the test are those with a history of injection drug use; persons living with HIV; persons who received a blood transfusion or solid organ transplant before July 1992 or clotting factor concentrates made before 1987; persons who have received long-term hemodialysis; and persons born between 1945 and 1965 who need to know their status and do not have access to screening through any other means. In 2012, approximately 660 residents of Snohomish County tested positive for HCV. The test will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday May 17 at the Health District, 3020 Rucker Avenue, Suite 106, Everett, Wash. Individuals may walk in or make an appointment by calling (425) 339–8620.



 


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