February 9, 2017

Hepatitis C screening available for employees

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that causes liver damage. Chronic Hepatitis C infections can eventually lead to cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver after 20 to 30 years or to liver failure.

The CDC recommends adults with risk factors for Hepatitis C should be tested once to screen for evidence of the infection. Screening is recommended if any of the following apply:

  • You were born from 1945 through 1965.
  • You are a current or former injection drug user, even if you injected only one time or many years ago.
  • You were treated for a blood clotting problem before 1987.
  • You received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before July 1992.
  • You are on long-term hemodialysis treatment.
  • You have abnormal liver tests or liver disease.
  • You are infected with HIV.

In addition, screening is conducted at the time of any work-related exposure to blood or infectious body fluids.

If you have Vanderbilt Aetna health insurance, you can have this test done by the Occupational Health Clinic at no charge. No appointment is necessary. Drop by any time our office is open between 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. weekdays, except holidays. 

Department Website: https://healthandwellness.vanderbilt.edu/occupational-health/

Contact person/phone number: Occupational Health Clinic, 615-936-0955