Hepatitis C can infect people of all ages, from infancy to elder years. Early diagnosis and treatment of Hepatitis C can help prevent life-threatening liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer. Most people don't know they are infected and can live decades without symptoms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone born between 1945 and 1965 should get tested for Hepatitis C. People from the "Baby Boomer" generation are five times more likely to be infected with Hepatitis C, a leading cause of liver cancer and other liver disease. (more)
The Rhode Island Department of Health funds these sites so that they can provide services to the uninsured and underinsured based on income. Bills to minors obtaining confidential services must be based on the resources of the minor and patients must not be denied services because of the inability to pay. Services are provided to insured, underinsured, and uninsured patients.
All services are confidential for all patients. Adolescents can receive HIV testing without parental notification or consent. Some sites offer anonymous testing which uses unique identifier instead of the person's name.