You may have just found out you have Hep C, or may have known for years.
Hep C is caused by a virus that can damage the liver. The good news is, Hep C can now be cured in about three months with all oral medications, with few side effects. If you are cured, you are likely to have better health.
Now that Hep C treatments are better, you may be interested in getting into care.
How do you find a doctor who will treat Hep C?
- First ask your own doctor, if you have one. Your doctor may treat Hep C, or know of a referral.
- Call your insurance company to learn about your options. You can find the member services number on the back of your health insurance card.
- Check out the American liver Foundation National Online Provider Locator. Or call the Hepatitis C Helpline 800-GO-LIVER (800-465-4837).
- Access pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Programs. Some provide linkage to care services as well as assistance with co-pays and getting medications covered.
- If you do not have health insurance, some public hospitals and community health centers provide care on a sliding scale.
- Look into Clinical Trials. Some clinical trials provide treatment and services that are better than the standard of care.
You can be free of Hepatitis C!** Learn more:**
Guide to Clinical Trials for People with Hepatitis C. Treatment Action Group.
Hepatitis C Patient Assitance Programs. HCV Advocate.
Nirah is a clinical social worker and public health professional who has been raising awareness about hepatitis C and liver health in NYC since 2007. She organizes the Hep Free NYC network in NYC. @HepFreeNYC