An HIV Ministry in Knoxville, TN
Our church should be a beacon of light and hope for anyone who suffers from or has family or friends who suffer from this disease.
Samaritan Ministry Takes on Hepatitis C
As with HIV, many advances have been made in the treatment of Hepatitis C (HCV). We care about this because there are several linkages between HIV and HCV.
- There are some similar risk factors for both viruses, although sexual transmission of HCV is uncommon.
- As many as 25% of those infected with HIV are also infected with HCV. We call this coinfection. So, many of the clients we work with are also battling HCV.
- HIV and HCV testing are both available in non-clinical settings, so we are now equipped to provide both tests, and frequently we offer both when we are in a testing setting in the community.
- HCV Treatment is improving and this is great news for those that are coinfected.
What we also have learned is that Hepatitis C is at epidemic proportions in the U.S. and it is not getting much attention. We have seen the new TV commercial about Hepatitis C, but it is just not talked about in spite of some alarming statistics.
Samaritan Ministry is teaching about HCV, and providing testing in our community. For more information about Hepatitis C, please click here.