As of November 1, 2017, Central Outreach launched our Hepatitis C Outreach Program! Our team currently consists of Kathi Scholz, a Nurse Practitioner, and Andrew Secrest, a Medical Assistant. They are very excited to start this new program to help treat all who are infected with this virus. Our program travels around the greater Pittsburgh area to different Methadone, Suboxone, Pain Management, In-patient Addiction, and other clinics/organizations to test those who are at a higher risk of contracting Hepatitis C. They also engage in teaching them healthier lifestyles so they do not re-infect themselves or others, as well as, set up treatment plans for those that are Hepatitis C positive.
If you or anyone that you know is Hepatitis C positive, think they may be positive, or are unsure of their Hepatitis C status, give us a call or stop on by the office at your earliest convenience for FREE Hepatitis C testing! Always know your status!
If you are part of an organization that would be interested in FREE Hepatitis C testing at your facility, give one of our team members a phone call or shoot them an email!
Kathi Scholz RN, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner
HIV / Hepatitis C Outreach Coordinator
Hep C is a disease that affects the liver. It is caused by infection with the hep C virus, which is spread through contact with the blood of an infected person.
For most people, Hep C will become a chronic infection, which means that the virus stays in the body for many years. Chronic hep C can eventually lead to serious liver damage, liver failure, or liver cancer. Many people with hep C don’t have symptoms or even know they are infected.
With chronic hep C infection, liver damage can be unpredictable, advancing slowly in some people and quickly in others.
When symptoms occur, it can sometimes be a sign of more serious liver damage.
WHO SHOULD BE TREATED?
Some situations may put a person at higher risk for getting Hep C. You should be tested, even if you're not experiencing symptoms if:
Hep C can now be treated for EVERYONE as of January 1st, 2018!Treatment is 1 pill per day for 8-12 weeks. Your health care provider will order lab tests. Based on your lab tests, your health care provider will determine the best treatment medication for you.
A small amount of people (15%-20%) experience mild side effects:
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