UI Health Care offers walk-in testing for hepatitis C in May

Born from 1945 to 1965? Americans born during these years have the highest rates of hepatitis C.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone born between 1945 and 1965 be tested for hepatitis C. Baby boomers are five times more likely to have the virus. Even if you feel fine, it’s important to get tested. Most people who have the virus don’t notice any symptoms until it’s too late — when serious, life-threatening liver disease has begun, including cirrhosis or even liver cancer.

University of Iowa Health Care is encouraging baby boomers to get tested for the hepatitis C virus by offering walk-in testing at Iowa River Landing in May. This simple blood draw is covered by most insurance plans.

Walk-in testing is available at Iowa River Landing, 105 East 9th Street in Coralville, Monday through Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 7:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Free, convenient parking is always available.

Liver cancer is the 13th-leading cause of cancer deaths in Iowa. Unlike most other common cancers, liver cancer cases and deaths are on the rise in Iowa and throughout the United States. Testing for hepatitis C can save your life.