Health Department offering free Hepatitis C testing in Kentucky

NORTHERN KENTUCKY (FOX19) - Since 2010, the number of Hepatitis C cases have increased by more than 80% in northern Kentucky.

So, the Northern Kentucky Health Department and Kentucky Department for Public Health will offer free blood tests for Hepatitis C at four county Health Centers.

Testing will be available by appointment through June 8.

The health centers are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours until 7 p.m. one Tuesday per month, as noted below.

  • Boone County Health Center, 7505 Burlington Pike, Florence, Ky., 859.363.2060; extended hours on May 1 and June 5.
  • Campbell County Health Center, 1098 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., 859.431.1704, extended hours on May 8 and June 12.
  • Grant County Health Center, 234 Barnes Road, Williamstown, Ky., 859.824.5074, extended hours on May 15 and June 19.
  • Kenton County Health Center, 2002 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., 859.431.3345, extended hours on May 22 and June 26.

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 is spread from infected blood.

The most common way people become infected is through sharing needles and syringes through drug use or unsterile equipment from tattoos or body piercings.

For more information on Hepatitis C, please visit http://www.nkyhealth/hepatitisc.