In October 2012, the CDC finalized its recommendation that all people born between born 1945 through should get a one-time test for the Hepatitis C virus. One in 30 baby-boomers has been infected with HCV, and most don't know it. May was Hepatitis Awareness Month, and the New York State Department of Health used this timeframe to help promote awareness of and testing for Hepatitis C. It offered any agency receiving free Hepatitis C rapid testing kits from the state to enter a contest to do the most tests. Prizes would be given by the test manufacturer, OraSure, for the most number of tests done and the most administered to baby-boomers. Amazingly, of the approximately 35 agencies that participated, the small but mighty CFH Health Education team won both contests.
While there is no cure, people with this disease can live a very full and long life with treatment. Testing is so important to connecting those who don’t know they are infected with necessary treatment. At Care for the Homeless, our health education services proactively screen patients for cancers, heart disease, HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, while educating patients to help them overcome the debilitating effects of homelessness. Every year, Care for the Homeless health education services reach over 3,000 individuals. To sign up to volunteer to help with an upcoming Health Fair, please click here or reach out to us on Facebook.