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Are you at risk for Hepatitis C?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 3.2 million Americans and 170 million people worldwide are living with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Here in the Prairie State, the American Liver Foundation estimates that some 157,000 Illinois residents have Hepatitis C, and roughly 75 percent of them are unaware that they do.

This blood borne viral infection can cause severe damage to the liver over time.  Patients with hepatitis C may not experience symptoms in the early stages. Therefore, they may not know they have the disease – until they start having serious health issues.

That’s why ISMS patients born between 1945 and 1965  to be screened for Hepatitis C, which is consistent with the guidelines set forth by the  CDC and the  U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Hepatitis C for Patients

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