Hepatitis C Clinic at Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes a multitude of health problems and can lead to permanent liver damage and cirrhosis. It is transmitted when contaminated blood comes into contact with the bloodstream of an uninfected person. People who inject drugs are at the highest risk of contracting the virus, and sharing needles is the single largest risk factor. People can pass Hepatitis C to their sexual partners, and mothers can pass it to their children during pregnancy or childbirth.
Treatment includes oral medications, and monthly appointments are scheduled for prescription refills and blood work. Approximately 95% of patients are cured after one course of treatment, and most insurance companies cover the entire cost of Hepatitis C treatment once during a person’s life.
If you think you might have been exposed to Hepatitis C, schedule an appointment with your primary care provider to be tested.
To learn more or to begin treatment, simply call the Addiction Services team at 270-230-0212.