HOW DO YOU GET HEP C?

  • From blood-to-blood contact with Hep C infected blood
  • Hep C can live outside the body for over 3 weeks at room temperature
  • Sharing snorting devices (bills, straws, etc.)
  • Sharing needles
  • Getting tattoos or body piercings with unsterile tools
  • Being born to a mother who has Hep C
  • Having surgery before 1992 that may have required you getting blood
  • Getting a blood transfusion before 1992
  • Getting an organ transplant before 1992
  • Having dialysis before 1992
  • Being in the military around the Vietnam/Korean-era
  • Being a baby boomer (born between the years of 1945-1965)
  • Sex​
  • Sharing toothbrushes, razors, nail files or other personal care items with a Hep C infected person

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR HEP C GOES UNTREATED?

  • Cirrhosis of the liver (liver scars and turns into a stone)
  • Liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma - HCC)
  • Liver failure
  • Liver transplant

Organizations in the Addiction Recovery Community…..

Would you be interested in FREE, RAPID Hep C & HIV testing at your facility? Would you be interested in staff education on HEP C, HIV, STD’s in 2019?
Call or email one of our team members listed below!


Inclusive healthcare with dignity and respect.

OUR PROGRAM

November 1, 2017, Central Outreach Wellness Center launched its Hepatitis C & HIV Outreach Testing Program in the Addiction Recovery Community!

Since then, we have tested over 3,500 people in clinics all over Pennsylvania, and cured over 1,200 people of the Hep C!!!!

Our team travels around western Pennsylvania doing “RAPID”, (just a finger-prick) Hep C & HIV testing at Methadone, Suboxone, Pain Management, In/Outpatient Rehabilitation Centers, Transitional Housing, addiction community events and other clinics/organizations of addiction recovery community!. If someone is found to be Hep C positive, we invite them into one of our clinics (North Shore or Washington, Pa) to get the FREE Hep C cure!

Our team specializes in meeting people where they are & teaching risk-reduction techniques so they do not re-infect themselves or others.  We also customize specific treatment plans that fit everyone’s lifestyle and schedule!

If you, or anyone you know, has Hep C, think they may be positive, or are unsure of their Hep C status, give us a call or stop on by any one of our office for FREE Hep C screening! Always know your status!




What is hepatitis C?

  • Hep C is a virus that infects the liver
  • About 3.5 million people in the U.S. have Hep C, and most do not even know they have it!
  • There is NO vaccine for Hep C
  • If you have Hep C, you CAN BE CURED!​

Left to right: Andrew, Lex, Alex, Kathi, Lenny, Alayna, Megan

OUR TEAM

Kathi Scholz, CRNP, Outreach Director
Kathi@centraloutreach.com
412-445-5101

Andrew Secrest, MA, Outreach Assistant Director
Andrew@centraloutreach.com
724-630-1517

Alex Tatangelo, CRNP
Alex@centraloutreach.com
412-515-0000

Alayna Mott, MA, Outreach Coordinator
Alayna@centraloutreach.com
724-650-2764

Lenny Butler, MA, Outreach Coordinator
Lenny@centralOutreach.com
412-513-8135


Megan Wertz, MA, Outreach Coordinator
Megan@centraloutreach.com
724-599-0699


Lex Fontana, MA
Lex@centraloutreach.com
412-445-5101




Central Outreach Wellness Center

ARE THERE ANY SYMPTOMS OF HEP C?

There are usually no signs or symptoms that you have Hep C, it’s called the “Silent Killer” for a reason. You may feel nothing for years, even decades. If you feel any symptoms of Hep C, liver damage has most likely started.


The symptoms you may experience are:

  • Fever
  • Very tired all the time (fatigued)
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Pain in your belly area
  • Dark Urine​
  • Gray-colored bowel movements
  • Joint pain