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Our mission at the Holyoke Health Center is to "Improve the health of our patients through affordable, quality health care and comprehensive community-based programs to create a healthy community."

Hepatitis C Treatment

Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the blood-borne hepatitis C virus. Currently, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C. Chronic hepatitis C is a serious disease that can result in long-term health problems, and even death. The spread of hepatitis C can be prevented by avoiding behaviors that can spread the disease, such as injecting drugs.

How can hepatitis C be transmitted?

  • Injection drug use (currently the most common means of transmission in the U.S.)
  • Needlestick injuries in health care settings
  • Birth to an infected mother
  • Although Infrequent, hepatitis C can be spread through:
    • Sex with an HCV-infected person
    • Sharing personal items contaminated with infectious blood, such as razors or toothbrushes
    • Other health care procedures that involve invasive procedures, such as injections
    • Unregulated tattooing

 

Testing & Treatment

The Center for Recovery & Support provides testing to determine if you are infected with hepatitis C. Testing is available on a walk-in basis during normal business hours.

You should get tested if you are:

  • A current or former injection drug user
  • A person with HIV infection
  • Exposed to hepatitis C

Hepatitis C can be treated and cured with oral medication in as little as 8 weeks. Hepatitis C treatment is available through our Center for Recovery & Support and by prescription at our Holyoke and Chicopee pharmacies. For more information about hepatitis C treatment, talk to your provider or a member of our Center for Recovery & Support team, or call us.