Veterans get free testing for Hepatitis C - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Veterans get free testing for Hepatitis C

Thursday at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson veterans were being tested for Hepatitis C. Source: WLBT Thursday at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson veterans were being tested for Hepatitis C. Source: WLBT
Thursday at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson veterans were being tested for Hepatitis C. Source: WLBT Thursday at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson veterans were being tested for Hepatitis C. Source: WLBT
Thursday at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson veterans were being tested for Hepatitis C. Source: WLBT Thursday at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson veterans were being tested for Hepatitis C. Source: WLBT
Thursday at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson veterans were being tested for Hepatitis C. Source: WLBT Thursday at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson veterans were being tested for Hepatitis C. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Most people don't know they have it until they have symptoms and many times it could be too late.

Thursday at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson veterans were being tested for Hepatitis C.

Hep C affects millions and VA doctors say it is essential that vets are tested. Since 2014, 555 veterans have been treated at the VA hospital in Jackson.  

In Biloxi, more than 1,100 vets.

More than 96 percent have been cured of the virus.

"Hepatitis C is a virus that can kill you. It can cause liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even the need for a liver transplant. It’s a way to prevent that because the new medicines are curative in over ninety percent of the time. Most people don't know it. Because this is a virus that can stay dormant for years and baby boomers are at the highest risk for having it but not knowing it", David Walker, Medical Director for the VA Medical Center said.

A veteran not in the system can still come to the hospital or any of the seven clinics around the state to get signed up and tested.

You will need a valid Veteran's ID.

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