Health care providers from Samaritan Infectious Disease, will offer free screenings for hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) this Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Heritage Mall in Albany.
Sugat Patel, MD, of Samaritan Infectious Disease will offer testing at no charge while testing supplies last. Testing kits were paid for by Samaritan Community Benefit Funds.
Hepatitis C is on the rise, with about 3 million adults in the United States who are infected with the virus. Hepatitis C can cause liver damage and liver cancer if left untreated. Early treatment can prevent further damage.
HIV causes AIDS, which gradually destroys the body’s ability to fight infections and certain cancers. Both hepatitis C and HIV are silent diseases that most people would not realize they have until they are tested.
The free screenings are part of the Samaritan Health Services Living Well EXPO featuring vendors of health and wellness services in the Albany area. More information about the event can be found at gotolivingwell.com.