Importance of HIV And Viral Hepatitis Testing

HIV Health

Dr. Denise Johnson joined representatives from Hamilton Health Center to discuss the importance of preventing and treating viral hepatitis and HIV on World Hepatitis Day today. She is the acting Secretary of Health and Pennsylvania Physician General for PA.

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Centers for Disease Control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 gets tested for HIV at least once in their lives. People at higher risk should get tested more often. The CDC also recommends that adults 18 and older should be tested for hepatitis C at least once in their lifetime. Hepatitis C screening is recommended for all pregnant people during each pregnancy; people with risk factors, including those who inject drugs, should be tested regularly.

Dr. Johnson’s Thoughts

“It is important for us to highlight that HIV and viral hepatitis diseases are preventable, while at the community testing and vaccination event at Hamilton Health Center. The Wolf Administration wants residents to feel empowered and not fear to test because unfortunately there may be Pennsylvanians living with Hepatitis who may be unaware of their infection. I encourage you to not let the unknown scare you and get tested today to know your status.” Dr. Johnson said.

Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs

The departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs recently launched a media campaign to break down stigma and educate Pennsylvanians that HIV and hepatitis C testing is important and that there are resources available across the commonwealth.