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Evergreen Health offers hepatitis C testing, treatment, pharmacy services, counseling and more. We can help you begin your treatment and learn how to manage your symptoms. Our goal is to help you succeed in treatment and cure your hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C is an infection that is spread when a hepatitis C – infected person’s blood enters the bloodstream of someone who is not infected, and leads to the swelling of the liver. Hepatitis C ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. The virus is spread most commonly through the sharing of needles or sexual contact.
Individuals with newly acquired hepatitis C infection usually do not experience symptoms, or they have mild symptoms that are unlikely to prompt a visit to a healthcare professional. When symptoms from hepatitis C do occur, they can include:
The only way to know if you have hepatitis C is to get tested. Walk-ins for hepatitis C testing are welcome at our health centers. If you have a positive test, our team will talk to you about treatment options and help you get started. Learn more about hepatitis C testing.
Evergreen Health offers a treatment for hepatitis C with prescription antivirals. The treatment period is typically between eight and 12 weeks, and we will help you every step of the way. For most patients, hepatitis C can be cured with very few side effects.
Acute hepatitis C infection is a short-term illness that occurs within the first six months after someone is exposed to the Hepatitis C virus. For most people, acute infection leads to chronic infection.
Chronic hepatitis C infection is a long-term illness that occurs when the hepatitis C virus remains in a person’s body. If left untreated, hepatitis C infection can last a lifetime and lead to serious liver problems, including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), cancer and even death.