Today is National Hepatitis Testing Day

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

As we wake up again amidst a flurry of thoughts on re-opening and the COVID-19 pandemic, Central City Concern encourages all of us to find room for consideration of another deadly disease.

Millions of Americans have chronic viral hepatitis but the majority don’t know they’re infected. Today, May 19, is National Hepatitis Testing Day; May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. At CCC, our goal is to encourage universal testing and ultimately eliminate Hepatitis C from our community.

At CCC, we’re taking a pioneering approach to help stamp out this disease by 2030 in alignment with the World Health Organization goals.

Prior to COVID-19, Hep C was responsible for more deaths than at least 60 other reportable diseases combined. Hep C, an RNA virus which causes an insidious systemic inflammatory illness, is most famous for causing end stage liver disease and cancer. It also increases the risk of diabetes and worsens mental illness. For some, it can cause profound fatigue and chronic pain. Others are seemingly untouched, however, are still able to pass it on to someone else through high-risk sex or sharing drug injection equipment, unaware they’re living with the disease.

At CCC, we’re taking a pioneering approach to help stamp out this disease by 2030 in alignment with the World Health Organization goals.

Here’s what CCC offers and how you can get help:

  • Opt-out Hepatitis C, HIV, and Hepatitis B screening for everyone who visits a CCC clinical setting, Hooper Detox Center and (prior to COVID-19) in CCC residential housing.
  • Individual treatment through new and innovative pathways. Often people learn they have Hep C at the same time they’re scheduled to start treatment. CCC leaves stigma at the door, allowing people to decide for themselves when they’re ready to initiate treatment. Equally importantly, all those who test positive determine their own treatment pathway.
  • Wraparound care services. Our outstanding team of harm reductionists, care coordinators, pharmacistsand providers ensure patients get the treatment they deserve, even it if means delivering medications to a client’s home, correctional facility or hospital to ensure nobody misses a pill.

Our results speak for themselves. Over the last two and a half years, we’ve treated - and mostly cured - over 750 of Portland’s most vulnerable of this deadly disease. Almost 90% of the people we’ve diagnosed are initiated on treatment, with mostfully cured. These rates are not only exemplary in Oregon, but stand out on the national and global scale. We’re proud of this work.

Over the last two and a half years, we’ve treated - and mostly cured - over 750 of Portland’s most vulnerable of this deadly disease.

“The work CCC is doing to eliminate hepatitis C is about more than just the numbers or curing a virus,” says Dr. Andrew Seaman. “It’s about allowing people to leave their past behind and start over as well as protecting the broader community by decreasing the possibility of transmission. By treating and curing Hep C, we help people build better relationships with their communities, engage in addiction and harm reduction services,and take back some control in their lives.”


Here’s how you can get tested:

If you want screening and primary care services:

Visit Central City Concerns Old Town Clinic or Blackburn Center. Request an intake and you’ll be offered screening and treatment if your test is positive.

If you’ve been given a diagnosis of Hepatitis C in the past and want treatment:

Call Central City Concern’s Hepatitis C programs at either

Old Town Clinic 971-271-6232 or Blackburn Center 971-361-7886

At CCC, we’re determined to relegate Hep C to become a disease of the past.

We’ve started by attempting to eliminate Hepatitis C from within the walls of our institutions, however, we’re not stopping there. We’ll continue to innovate and develop new relationships and treatment pathways until every person in Portland has the opportunity for zero barrier, destigmatized access to the cure.