MISSOURI HEPATITIS C ALLIANCE via Crowdrise
April 22, 2011
BENEFITING: MISSOURI HEPATITIS C ALLIANCE
You are risk for HCV if you:
Received blood or blood products prior to 1992?
Ever shared drug paraphernalia, even once?
Ever been stuck by a used blood needle?
Been on kidney dialysis
Had a tattoo or body piercing?
Had sexual activity that involves contact with blood?
Held a job that exposed you to blood?
Shared personal care items (razors, toothbrushes
etc.) with others?
Ever been incarcerated?
Been in combat in the military?
The recommendations are there, but there is no funding available for testing and education at the state or federal level. A majority of individuals that become infected with HCV antibodies will have chronic disease and 20% of those are at risk for escalation to serious liver disease. Complicating the issue, it may be several decades after exposure to the virus before complications develop. This may result in patients not being alerted to the possibility of being infected as well as unknowingly transmitting the virus to others.
In fact, most people are uninformed or misinformed about the mode of transmission of HCV, the existence of pharmacological therapy for HCV infection, the risks of disease progression, ways to prevent this progression (especially abstaining from alcohol), and how to avoid contracting the virus if uninfected. What information they do have is often faulty or exaggerated, sometimes downplaying the seriousness of the infection, or portraying it as a frequently fatal disease.
The Missouri Hepatitis C Alliance is a nonprofit 501 (c) corporation and are raising money to provide testing for people who are at risk for HCV. For every $10.00 raised we can test 1 person. All donations are tax deductible and all help is greatly appreciated.