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Free Hepatitis C screening program at JBVA

November 4, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Jesse Brown VA

THE AMERICAN LIVER FOUNDATION GREAT LAKES DIVISION AND THE
JESSE BROWN VA MEDICAL CENTER INVITES VETERANS TO
A FREE HEPATITIS C SCREENING PROGRAM

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2014 – 9:00AM TO 4:00PM JESSE BROWN VA MEDICAL CENTER

Hepatitis C is a growing public health crisis for Veterans, largely because the vast majority of infected individuals are unaware they have the virus.

Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Location: Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
820 S. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612
Damen Pavillion, Second Floor Conference Room

Veterans MUST bring VA ID and/or DD214 form and be born between 1945 and 1965 to be eligible.

FOR THIS DAY ONLY, a rapid test will be provided by the
American Liver Foundation Great Lakes Division and results will be available within 20-60 minutes.
*Refreshments and other screening tests (including blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol) will be available while waiting*

THE CDC RECOMMENDS HEPATITIS C SCREENING FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE BORN BETWEEN 1945 AND 1965

FACTS ABOUT THE HEPATITIS C VIRUS

  •  Up to 75% of people do not realize they are infected by Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis C is a virus that infects the liver
  •  Hepatitis C is transmitted or spread when blood from a Hepatitis C-infected person enters the bloodstream of someone who is not infected
  • Veterans have been identified as a high risk group
  • Most people do not know they have Hepatitis C because the symptoms such as fatigue and achiness are not specific
  • Untreated Hepatitis C can lead to liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver transplants
  • Hepatitis C is curable

For additional screening event information, please call (312) 377-9030 or email ksouthard@liverfoundation.org

WHAT IS THE HEPATITIS C SCREENING PROCESS?
1. Registration to confirm you meet the criteria
2. SIMPLE TEST – A fingerstick to get a drop of blood will be performed by a healthcare professional
3. Results will be available after a short wait
4. Light refreshments and other health screenings will be available while you wait for your test results
5. A professional counselor will share your results with you in a confidential setting
6. Based on your results, you will be advised of your next steps

THE AMERICAN LIVER FOUNDATION
The American Liver Foundation is proud to partner with the Veterans Health Administration to provide this Hepatitis C screening opportunity. We offer a wealth of resources about preventing, screening/testing, treatment and living with Hepatitis C, including a dedicated website hepc123.org, a national helpline – 1-800-GO-LIVER, on-line communities for people living with Hepatitis C and a national database of liver specialists.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HEPATITIS C:

American Liver Foundation website: www.hepc123.org

VA Viral Hepatitis website: www.hepatitis.va.gov

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November 4, 2014
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Venue

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
820 S. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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