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
Columbia Road Health Center
Hepatitis B and C testing available to patients.
DC Express Free
District of Columbia Developing Families Center
Israel Baptist Church
Department of Health Immunization Program
Family and Medical
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
Free Hepatitis B and C Testing available to current patients.
So Others Might Eat (SOME)
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.
Hepatitis B and C testing available to current patients with a doctor's order. Fees based on a sliding scale. Call for more information.