The Highland County Health Department Public Health Nursing Division offers screening for both HIV / AIDS and Hepatitis C diseases. These screenings are now available by appointment.
It is vitally important that individuals who think they may possibly be infected be tested as soon as possible. The sooner these diseases are discovered, the better their affects can be treated. Hepatitis C Information
Hepatitis C (HCV) is caused by a virus which attacks the liver. This virus is found in the blood of infected individuals, and is spread through contact with infected blood.
You should be tested for HCV if you have used drugs, received a blood or organ transplant prior to 1992, treated for clotting problems with blood product made before 1987, or if you have ever been on long term kidney dialysis.
Testing is important because if the test is positive for HCV, you are living with a chronic liver disease. Doctors can verify if you have liver disease, provide ways to prevent further liver harm, and teach you how to avoid spreading HCV to others. Current anti-viral medications are also available that may be able to get rid of the virus.
It is important to remember that many times individuals with HCV may not feel sick for many years. The most common symptom is extreme tiredness. The only way to be certain that you do or do not have HCV is to have a blood test. HIV
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which is a virus that can cause serious health affects, and can lead to the development of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Testing for HIV is important because, through proper care, individuals can do a lot to increase their health, and decrease the chance for developing AIDS.
HIV is spread mainly through sexual contact with an infected individual. It is also possible to spread HIV through the use of non-sterile needles. HIV is not airborne, and even prolonged contact with an infected individual is not dangerous. Only contact with blood (and a few other body fluids) can infect others with HIV.
Current treatments exist that do not cure HIV, but do allow infected individuals to live very normal and productive lives. If you are concerned about your HIV status, contact the Highland County Health Department for testing.
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