As part of a public health initiative, this Virginia Mason Franciscan Health facility routinely tests adults between the ages of 18 and 79 for HIV, Hepatitis C, and Syphilis. These screenings are a routine part of health care and are recommended by the CDC.
You may be screened today as part of your visit. These screenings are offered free-of-charge to those without insurance coverage, and your results are confidential.
You have the right to decline testing. If you wish to decline routine hepatitis C, HIV, or syphilis screening, tell your doctor or nurse during your visit. If you are not screened during your visit, contact a primary care provider to schedule your routine screening.
Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV).The hepatitis C virus is usually spread when someone comes into contact with blood from an infected person.
Many people who have hepatitis C live for years without feeling sick. But the virus can still damage your liver, even when it’s not causing any symptoms. Treatment can cure most cases of hepatitis C.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) can spread through coming into contact with blood from an infected person. It can lead to AIDS if left untreated. If you have HIV, getting treatment early can help you live a long, healthy life.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can be spread through unprotected sex and pregnancy, even if you do not have any symptoms. Syphilis is curable with certain antibiotics, but can cause serious health problems if left untreated.
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