Hep C Treatment
Hepatitis C: A Disease We Can Cure
There’s a pill to cure Hepatitis C, and it’s virtually free for Medicaid-eligible and incarcerated persons for the next five years.
Get Tested, Then Find How to Get Cured.
Visit any physician to get tested for Hepatitis C.
You might not know if you have Hepatitis C. Scary, right? Not anymore! Across Louisiana, healthcare centers and clinics are providing free Hepatitis C tests. If you or someone you know has Hepatitis C, or could have been exposed to the virus, now is the best time to get screened. It’s available to all, and together we can eliminate Hepatitis C from our communities.
When you visit a healthcare clinic or provider for Hepatitis C testing, you may be asked some questions about your medical history or lifestyle. All responses will be strictly confidential. Not to mention, sobriety is not a requirement for getting tested, so you are encouraged to come as you are. Healthcare specialists will run tests of your blood to find traces of the virus, and guide you through any necessary steps of treatment or prevention, depending on the results of your test.
A Plan for Treatment with a Simple Pill
Hepatitis C is well-hidden. Let’s make the cure well-known.
Thanks to the Louisiana Department of Health, the cure to Hepatitis C is available to all. The development of direct-acting antivirals or, DAAs, has revolutionized the way we treat Hepatitis C. In fact, it results in a cure rate as high as 99%! That means your cure for Hepatitis C is another step in our achievable goal of eliminating it for all of Louisiana.
Once you visit a center or clinic for an initial test for Hepatitis C, the path to the cure couldn’t be any easier. The treatment involves taking a pill taken by mouth every day for 12 weeks. After treatment, all that’s left to do is a follow-up screening so you can be sure of your cure.
How you proceed with treatment may differ depending on where you receive your testing. The map below can assist in finding testing, treatment and other services you may need during your path to becoming Hep C free.