Oakland City Council, with leadership by Councilwoman Lynette
McElhaney, has declared March 8-15 Hepatitis C Awareness Week, calling
on residents to learn about risk factors for this preventable infection
and to participate in citywide education events.
And it’s about
time. There has been so much progress in treating hepatitis C that more
than 90 percent of those who have it can be cured with a 12-week
treatment regimen. Yes, cured.
The OASIS Clinic will be offering
free, anonymous walk-in hepatitis C education and testing March 10-14,
as part of our Hepatitis C Awareness Week events and there are many
other places across the city that will do the same. If you are at risk,
you should get tested. It might just save your life.
520 27th St., Oakland. Free hepatitis C testing is held from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. March 10-14.