User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

53° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.


[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news


Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Avera Holds Free Hepatitis C Screening

January 15, 2013, 5:50 AM by Kellee Azar

Avera Holds Free Hepatitis C Screening

While you've likely heard of Hepatitis C, you may not know who is at risk or why. Doctors say one age group in particular has the highest risk.

It turns out people born between 1945 and 1965 are at the highest risk.  In fact, more than 75 percent of people living with Hepatitis C are "baby boomers."

You are also at risk if you received a blood transfusion or transplant before 1992, if you've ever injected elicit drugs, or received a piercing or tattoo in an unclean environment using un-sterile equipment.

But patients don't always have symptoms, so it's important to have a simple blood test.

"No one knows exactly why, why the risk factors or why the prevalence of Hep C in this age group is higher than the rest," Avera Heptologist Dr. Hesham Elhouhari said.

Avera McKennan is holding a free Hepatitis C testing clinic Tuesday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the hospital.  If you're unable to attend the event, many insurances do cover the screening.

Patients will get the results in just a matter of days. If caught early enough Hepatitis C is curable.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
The reference to Hepatitis C patients being baby boomers was corrected.

Previous Story

Next Story





View healthbeat

You may also like

General Mills Recalling 1.8M Cheerios Boxes On Allergy Risk

10/5/2015 4:40 PM

General Mills is recalling 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced at a plant in Lodi, California, saying the cereal is labeled ...

Full Story
Crowdfunding An Adoption

10/2/2015 6:18 PM

An increasing number of people are using crowdfunding for adoption, or in-vitro fertilization.

Full Story | Watch
The Importance Of Annual Screenings For Men

10/5/2015 6:13 PM

One of the biggest health mistakes many men make is not regularly going to the doctor for screenings.

Full Story | Watch
Bringing Medical Care To The Home

10/6/2015 6:11 PM

After spending weeks in the VA hospital the road to recovery is now a bit easier.

Full Story | Watch
A Pre-Hunting Workout

10/8/2015 12:35 PM

One of the ways you can protect yourself is to get into shape before hitting the field.

Full Story