WORLD HEPATITIS DAY IS JULY 28TH
July 18, 2018
Free Testing Events in Collier County
Collier County, Fla.— Every year, approximately 15,000 Americans die from liver cancer or chronic liver disease associated with viral hepatitis. Roughly 3.5 to 5.3 million Americans are living with chronic viral hepatitis—hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Despite these statistics, viral hepatitis is not well known, in fact, as many as 75% of people with chronic viral hepatitis do not know that they are infected, which increases the likelihood that they will spread the virus to others.
A specific blood test is the only way to know if you have viral hepatitis. Hepatitis B and C viruses can cause chronic hepatitis, leading to cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer.
In recognition of World Hepatitis Day, the Florida Department of Health in Collier County and community partners will be offering free hepatitis testing in Naples and Immokalee along with STD and HIV screenings, to bring attention to the importance of early detection and treatment.
For more information about these events, please contact:
DOH-Collier - Naples: 3339 East Tamiami Trail, Building H; (239) 252-8593
DOH-Collier - Immokalee: 419 1st Street, Immokalee; (239) 252-7300
Marion E. Fether Medical Center: 1454 Madison Ave, Immokalee; (239) 658-3000
About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.