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Viral Hepatitis Outreach Program

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver that can be caused by many things, including viruses, alcohol, and drugs. The most common causes of this condition are viruses-viral hepatitis A, B,
and C.

Snohomish County has one of the highest rates of viral hepatitis in the State of Washington. The Snohomish Health District’s Viral Hepatitis Outreach program helps the community by offering education, testing, and vaccines, providing outreach to the community at:

  • Snohomish County adult and juvenile jails
  • Treatment facilities
  • AIDS Outreach/Syringe Exchange

Criteria for testing and vaccines

You may be eligible for free hepatitis C testing if you meet any of these requirements and do not have access to screening through any other means:

  • Those born from 1945-1965 ("Baby Boomers")
  • Anyone with a history of injection drug use
  • People living with HIV
  • Recipients of blood transfusions, solid organ transplants before July 1992, clotting factor concentrates made before 1987, or patients who have ever received long-term hemodialysis
  • People who received body piercing or tattoos done with non-sterile instruments
  • Adolescents (older than 15 years of age) born to mothers infected with HCV

The Viral Hepatitis Outreach Program also offers vaccines for hepatitis A and B for adults who meet the following criteria:

  • Chronic hepatitis C (HCV)
  • Anyone with a history of injection drug use
  • High-risk sexual practices or STD diagnosis
  • Sexual contact with a person infected with viral hepatitis
  • Men who have sex with men 

Get tested, get vaccinated, get cured

There is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C, but a blood test can determine whether or not you are infected.  Knowing your hepatitis C status can help you to learn:

  • how to protect your liver from further harm
  • how to prevent spreading hepatitis to others
  • whether treatment is needed
Contact us

Viral Hepatitis Prevention & Outreach

Kathy Perkins, LPN


Did you know?

If you are a baby boomer (born between 1945 and 1965), you are 5 times more likely to be infected with hepatitis C. More than 75% of adults with hepatitis C are baby boomers.