Hepatitis C Information

May marks Hepatitis Awareness Month, hepatitis is a condition of liver inflammation that is a group of viral infections that affect the liver. In the United States, hepatitis is most commonly caused by Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C viruses. According to the CDC, an estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis; most do not know they are infected. I would like to take this opportunity to share resources and information about Hepatitis C also known as HCV.

In the AIDS Library

Here are some titles that are available in the Library.

  • The Hepatitis C Handbook, by Matthew Dolan
  • Hepatitis C, The First Year: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (2nd Edition), by Cara Bruce and Lisa Montanarelli
  • Dr Melissa Palmer’s Guide to Hepatitis & Liver Disease, by Melissa Palmer
  • HCV/HIV Coinfection Information, by the American Liver Foundation

Information for People Living with Hepatitis C

For basic information see,

People with further questions can call 877-HELP-4-HEP, a national support line from The Support Partnership (TSP), a collaboration of four national Hepatitis C organizations. For information on HCV treatment, see

For help paying for treatment, see Project Inform’s list of Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) For specific issues  for people living with HCV, see:

For HCV information related to specific populations, see:

For information about HIV/HCV coinfection, see

For HCV info in language other than English, see

  • A enormous amount of info in Spanish, from HCV Advocate
  • Multilingual HIV and Hepatitis C Factsheets, from Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service – in Akan, Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, French, Indonesian, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Shona, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese
  • Multilingual Hepatitis Health Information Handouts, from the Refugee Health Information Network – in Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Hmong, Karen, Korean, Kreyol, Portuguese, Russian, Somalia, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese
  • Foreign Language Publications, also from HCV Advocate, in Bulgarian, Chinese, French, Hmong, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Somali
  • HCV Info in Urdu, from the Hepatitis Trust in the United Kingdom

For issues around benefits, see A Guide to Hepatitis & Disability, from the Hepatitis C Support Project For personal stories about HCV, see:

Research, Provider Information, and More

To follow clinical research and other HCV news, see

For statistics, see:

For provider information, see:

For prevention with certain populations, see:

National Hepatitis Testing Day: May 19, 2014

National Hepatitis Testing Day is on May 19th.  The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention National Prevention Information Network allows you to search for hepatitis testing events in your area or register testing events to help build hepatitis testing resources here.

HCV Testing Locations in Philadelphia

Below is a listing of locations in Philadelphia where individuals can be tested.

  • 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University
  • Baker Industries
  • BEBASHI: Transition to Hope
  • Fairmount Primary Care
  • Family Practice & Counseling Network Health Annex
  • Hunting Park Health Ctr.
  • Latino Commission on AIDS
  • Lax Center at Philadelphia FIGHT
  • Mary Howard Health Center
  • Prevention Point Philadelphia
  • St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children – Division of Adolescent Medicine
  • TPAC (Philadelphia AIDS Consortium)
  • Veteran Affairs Medical Center
  • Mazzoni Center (809 Locust location)
  • Y-HEP (testing available for people up to 24 years of age)

Information regarding addresses, testing hours, walk-ins/appointment guidelines, and contact information for the above locations is available by clicking the Search Resources tab on the AIDS Library website.

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