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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C (HCV)

Hepatitis C Risk Assessment

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Hepatitis C: TEST and TREAT

Infection with viral hepatitis C can, over time, result in chronic disease and serious and sometimes life-threatening liver conditions. A key factor in transmission is the sharing of injection drug equipment; persons who inject drugs account for 75% of new cases nationwide. Over a thousand cases of chronic hepatitis C are reported in Montana every year, many from the baby boomer generation who may have injected as little as one time. Unlike hepatitis A and B, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C; however, curative treatment is available.


 

Hepatitis C No Liver, No LifeWhat is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness that attacks the liver. It results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is spread primarily through contact with the blood of an infected person. Hepatitis C can be either “acute” or “chronic.”

  • Acute Hepatitis C virus infection is a short-term illness that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the Hepatitis C virus. For most people, acute infection leads to chronic infection.
  • Chronic Hepatitis C virus infection is a long-term illness that occurs when the Hepatitis C virus remains in a person’s body. Hepatitis C virus infection can last a lifetime and lead to serious liver problems, including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver cancer.

Some Fast Facts

Hepatitis C (HCV) Fast Facts

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HIV & Hepatitis C Testing Locations 

Listed below are select locations for Hepatitis C and HIV testing in selected areas. This is not an exhaustive list of all Montana testing facilities. For more information please contact your health provider or your local city-county or Tribal Health department.

Butte/Silver Bow CCHD
25 W Front St
Butte MT  59701
Phone: (406) 497-5001

Cascade CCHD
115 4th Street South
Great Falls MT  59401
Phone:  (406) 791-9279

Connections
966 River Rock Dr.
Belgrade MT 59714
Phone: (406) 813-8209

Flathead CCHD
1035 1st Avenue West
Kalispell MT 59901
Phone: (406) 751-8157
Lewis & Clark CCHD
1930 9th Avenue
Helena MT  59601
Phone:  (406) 457-8945

Open Aid Alliance
1500 E Broadway
Missoula MT  59802
Phone:  (406) 543-4770

Partnership Health Center
401 Railroad St W
Missoula MT  59802
Phone: (406) 258-4185

RiverStone Health
123 South 27th St
Billings MT  59105
Phone: (406) 651-6416

For more information please contact your health provider or your local city-county or Tribal health department.