CDC Recommends Hepatitis C Testing for All People Born Between 1945 and 1965

MedSpring Offering Free Hepatitis C Screenings in May

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Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 01, 2014

According to the CDC, approximately three million Americans are living with hepatitis C and as many as 75 percent do not know they are infected. Hepatitis C virus infection is the most common chronic blood-borne infection in the United States and can lead to serious health issues, including liver disease, cirrhosis, cancer and even death.

In recognition of Hepatitis Awareness Month, MedSpring is offering complimentary hepatitis C screenings to baby boomers born between 1945 and 1965 every day throughout May at its 14 urgent care clinics in Austin, Houston and Chicago. Individuals born after 1965 who have tattoos or body piercings are also eligible for a no cost hepatitis C test.

“Because individuals with hepatitis C infection can develop serious, life-threatening health issues, early detection is critical,” said MedSpring’s Chief Medical Officer Jon L. Belsher, M.D. “By offering free hepatitis C screenings to baby boomers during May, we hope to help reduce the risk of serious hepatitis C complications.”

A hepatitis C screening is a simple, one-time blood test that detects antibodies in the blood stream. For those who test positive for hepatitis C infection, traditional treatment can range from a regimen of antiviral medication to ongoing monitoring by doctors specializing in liver disease. Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new drug to treat people infected with hepatitis C. Early results published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicate that the new medication may provide a complete cure for hepatitis C infection.

MedSpring is administering hepatitis C blood tests at no cost to people born between 1945 and 1965 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily during May. For patients requiring follow-up, complimentary consultation and referrals will be provided. The hepatitis C screening promotion is subject to availability.

MedSpring has three urgent care clinics in Chicago, six in Austin and five in Houston. Doctors are on-site from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, including weekends and most holidays.

About MedSpring
MedSpring operates centers that focus on delivering quality care and exceptional service. For more information, including patient reviews and savings compared to an ER, please visit http://www.medspring.com.

MedSpring patients enjoy a distinctive and relaxing atmosphere with unique amenities including complimentary snacks and beverages, free Wi-Fi, in-room televisions and activities for children. Following their visit, patients rate MedSpring 4.9 out of 5 stars.


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