Louisiana stepping up Hep-C fight

Free screenings for Hepatitis-C at Walmart locations around state

Associated Press
December 11, 2019 - 7:27 am
State steps up Hep-C fight

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(AP) - Louisiana is broadening its efforts to combat hepatitis C in hopes of largely eliminating the deadly viral infection. 

The health department announced Tuesday that 10 Walmart locations around Louisiana will offer free screenings for the liver-damaging disease. 

Walmart will offer the no-cost hepatitis C screenings every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. until Feb. 1 at the pharmacies in stores located in Vivian, Ville Platte, New Iberia, Raceland, Oak Grove, Amite, Monroe, Denham Springs, Opelousas and Morgan City. 

The screenings involve a finger-stick test. If the testing detects hepatitis C virus antibodies, people will be referred to their primary care doctors or a local health provider for further testing and treatment.

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