Easy, walk-in hepatitis C test at Iowa River Landing

If you were born between 1945 and 1965, you should seriously consider getting tested for hepatitis C. Baby boomers are among the most likely people to have hepatitis C, and because there are rarely any symptoms, screening is often the only way to detect it.

Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease caused by a virus that is most commonly transmitted through small amounts of blood. Left untreated, it can lead to life-threatening liver disease, including cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Most people who have hepatitis C don’t notice any symptoms until more serious illness has set in. And that can take up to 30 years after it enters your body. That’s why it’s important to get tested, even if you feel fine.

Anyone can get tested, but people with a high risk for hepatitis C are especially encouraged. In addition to baby boomers, those most at risk include people who:

  • Have had sex with someone who has the virus
  • Have many sex partners
  • Share needles and syringes to inject drugs into their bodies
  • Work in health care settings, including paramedics and emergency responders
  • Are on kidney dialysis
  • Had a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992

University of Iowa Health Care–Iowa River Landing offers walk-in testing for hepatitis C Monday through Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

The screening requires a blood draw. Your results will be mailed to your home within 48 hours. Bring your insurance card so your insurance company can be billed for payment.

UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing is located just off Interstate 80 at 105 East 9th Street in Coralville. Free, convenient parking is always available.

Visit our library of health topics to learn more about hepatitis C and take a five-minute hepatitis risk assessment.