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Free hepatitis C screenings in Newport


Health care providers from Samaritan Infectious Disease will offer free screenings for hepatitis C on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital.

Sugat Patel, MD, of Samaritan Infectious Disease, will speak about the importance of testing for hepatitis C and his team will offer testing at no charge while testing supplies last. Testing kits were paid for by Samaritan Community Benefit Funds.

To reserve your space, register for the event by visiting or calling 541-768-4887.

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.

Optional free HIV testing will also be offered.

The event is part of the Healthy Minds, Health Bodies seminar series offered through Samaritan Health Services. Healthy refreshments will be provided.