Hepatitis C

The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is spread by direct contact with an infected person's blood.  It is the most common blood-borne disease in the United States.  The symptoms of the hepatitis C virus can be very similar to those of the hepatitis A and B viruses. However, infection with the hepatitis C virus can lead to chronic liver disease and is the leading reason for liver transplant in the United States. Although there is no vaccine for HCV, there is a new, safe and effective treatment for hepatitis C that can cure 85% - 100% of persons living with the virus.

The Hepatitis C virus can be spread by:

  • sharing drug needles
  • getting a tattoo or body piercing with unsterilized tools
  • blood transfusions (especially ones that occurred before 1992; since then the U.S. blood supply has been routinely screened for the disease)
  • transmission from mother to newborn
  • sexual contact (although this is less common)

SFO: Department of Health Issues Request to Choose Partner for Hepatitis C Drug Payment Model 

New CDC Guidelines for Baby Boomers

Recommendations for the identification of Chronic hepatits C Virus Infection Among Persons Born During 1945-1965 - MMWR

Know More Hepatitis -CDC

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Helpline  877-HELP-4-HEP (877-435-7443)
9AM-7PM EST, Monday-Friday

This toll-free, confidential hepatitis C support line offers lots of help in just one call, or even over several contacts with a call-back service. HELP-4-HEP provides information at the pace you need, helps find local resources, and connects you to peer counselors who can help with your journey to better health. Run by The Support Partnership (five nonprofits experienced in helping people affected by hepatitis C).

Primary Contact Information

Louisiana Hepaitis Coordinator: Megan Jespersen, MPH
1450 Poydras Street, Ste. 1645A
New Orleans, LA 70112
Telephone: (504) 568-8309
 Fax: (504) 568-8290
 Email: megan.jespersen@la.gov 

     (All contact information is treated confidentially)