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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Health officials are urging more screenings for Hepatitis C as major cities like the District of Columbia have higher hepatitis rates than the rest of the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all baby boomers get tested for the virus that attack the liver over time. MedStar Washington Hospital Center is now offering free testing for all general care patients. Up to 75 percent of people with Hepatitis don't know that they are infected.

Dr. Dawn Fishbein of MedStar Washington Hospital Center says, "We even call it a silent epidemic, with other viruses you have symptoms like fever and chills but with hepatitis you may not always have symptoms."

Those coming into the General Medicine Clinic to see their primary care doctor can get tested for Hepatitis C. For more information call (202) 740-1333.

Below are other locations for Hepatitis C testing from the DC Department of Health website.

Hepatitis Service Locations

Location

Services

Columbia Road Health Center
1660 Columbia Road, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Telephone: (202) 328-3717
Ward: 1

Hepatitis B and C testing available to patients.
Call for information regarding becoming a patient.
Fees based on a sliding scale with proof of income

DC Express Free
Immunization Clinics
For uninsured and underinsured District of Columbia residents.
Proof of residency required (e.g., driver's license, non-driver's license ID, current utility bill, copy of lease, etc).
No appointment necessary. Please bring immunization records. Call (202) 576-7130 for more information.

Congress Heights
Community Health Center
3720 Martin Luther King Junior Ave., SE -3rd Floor
2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month

District of Columbia Developing Families Center
801 17th Street, NE
2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Israel Baptist Church
1251 Saratoga Avenue, NE
1st Wednesday of each month
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
3rd Saturday of each month
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Reeves Center
(Corner of 14th and U Streets)
2000 14th Street, NW
Thursdays 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Department of Health Immunization Program
6323 Georgia Avenue, NW, Suite 305
Monday – Tuesday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Family and Medical
Counseling Services

2041 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20020
Telephone: (202) 889-7900
Ward: 7

Hepatitis A, B, and C testing offered for HIV offered HIV-positive patients. Accepts both insured and uninsured patients, possible sliding scale.

La Clinica del Pueblo
2831 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Telephone: (202) 462-4788
Ward 1

Free Hepatitis B and C Testing available to current patients.

So Others Might Eat (SOME)
Medical Clinic

60 O Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Telephone: (202) 797-8806
Ward: 1

Offers Hepatitis B and C testing to current patients who are uninsured or have Medicaid, Medicare, Health Care Alliance, or Chartered Health. Fees based on a sliding scale.

Whitman-Walker Clinic
(Elizabeth Taylor Medical Clinic)

1701 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Telephone: (202) 745-6120
Ward: 2

Hepatitis B and C testing available to current patients with a doctor's order. Fees based on a sliding scale. Call for more information.

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