National Hepatitis Awareness Month 5.12.14

BINGHAMTON, NY – In observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month (May), health officials are calling for all U.S. baby boomers - the generation born from 1945 through 1965 - to get a one-time test for the hepatitis C virus.

The Broome County Health Department will be offering free hepatitis C testing on May 19, 2014. The free testing will be offered from 09:00 am – 11:30 am and from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm at the Broome County Health Department, 225 Front St. Binghamton, NY 13905.
Hepatitis B and C are spread through contact with blood and body fluids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that anyone who has been exposed to blood through needle use, blood transfusion, non-sterile equipment, or tattooing should be tested for both hepatitis B and C. Anyone born in a country with high rates of hepatitis B, especially countries in Asia and the Pacific should be screened for hepatitis B. Anyone born from 1945-1965 (“baby boomers”) should also get a one-time test for hepatitis C, regardless of any known risk.
For more information on Hepatitis testing call the Broome County Health Department Division of Clinics at 607.778.2839. 
05/12/2014 - 11:26am