Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Infection with the virus causes liver inflammation and can cause liver disease.
Blood tests are used to diagnose hepatitis C. The first is called an HCV antibody test. This is followed up with a test that confirms the presence of the virus. If you’re living with HIV, you should have a hepatitis C test at least once a year. Testing every 6 months is recommended if:
- You have had more than 10 partners in the past six months;
- You have had condomless anal sex;
- You have injected drugs; and/or,
- You have had group sex.
If you have hepatitis C now or have had it in the past, you have hepatitis C antibodies in your blood. But despite these antibodies, even if your body clears the infection on its own or if your infection is treated, you can get re-infected if you come into contact with the virus again. You don’t develop immunity to the hepatitis C virus.
Harm Reduction Center
117 6th Street, San Francisco, CA
- Monday – Tuesday: 11 am – 3 pm, 3:30 pm – 7 pm
- Wednesday: 11 am – 3 pm, 4 pm – 7 pm
- Thursday – Friday: 11 am – 3 pm, 3:30 pm – 7pm
- Saturday: 4 pm – 8 pm
· HCV Wellness & Testing Services:
- Tuesday – Friday: 11 am – 1 pm
Magnet at Strut
470 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA
Walk-in, no appointment needed, as well as appointment-based testing available. Last appointment available one hour before closing. Closed daily from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm for lunch.
Monday: 10 am – 6 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 10 am – 1 pm and 3 pm – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
1035 Market Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA
Drop-in testing services are available:
Tuesday: 3 pm – 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 3 pm – 5:30 pm
Thursday: 3 pm – 5:30 pm
Harm Reduction Center
The Harm Reduction Center is a place of welcome and a pathway to improved health and healing. Located in the Tenderloin/SoMa neighborhood, the Harm Reduction Center provides health services, specialized programming, and supplies that help people who inject drugs manage their health, prevent overdose, and stop HIV and hepatitis C transmission.
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