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Testing services available at Mineral County Health Department

| January 31, 2024 12:00 AM

Mineral County Health Department is expanding free testing services to Mineral County residents. Patient privacy and confidentiality are essential and will be maintained at all times.

Testing for hepatitis C is now available and recommended for everyone at least once in their lifetime. Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Half of people exposed to the virus develop long term, chronic illness that can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. Hepatitis C is spread through contact with blood from an infected person. 

Women should be screened during each pregnancy, and anyone who has ongoing exposures to blood or bodily fluids should consider more frequent testing: health care workers and emergency responders, people who share needles through tattooing or drug use, and people with certain medical conditions. People with hepatitis c often do not have symptoms, but can still pass it to other people. 

Getting tested for hepatitis C is important because treatments can cure most people in 8 to 12 weeks. In addition to hepatitis C testing, we also offer free tests for chlamydia, COVID-19, gonorrhea, HIV, lead poisoning, and syphilis. 

Each person has different risk factors. Our staff or your health-care provider can help you figure out which test(s) might be right for you. 

The following free tests are available at our office in Superior (1203 5th Ave E): chlamydia, COVID-19, gonorrhea, hepatitis C, HIV, lead poisoning, and syphilis. Call MCHD at 406-822-3564 to schedule an appointment for testing, or to arrange to pick up tests to take at a location of your choice.

The following free tests are available through our confidential online program: chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis C, HIV, and syphilis. Order free tests to be delivered discretely to the address of your choice (must be a Mineral County, MT zip code) here shop.primary.health/prod.../programs/mineral-county/

You will be notified of your results. If any results are positive we will confidentially follow up with you, as required by law, about treatment options, further testing, and/or connect you with a provider if you don’t already have one. 

Give us a call at 406-822-3564. We are available to answer any questions you might have about this process or which test(s) might be right for you. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram or check out our website co.mineral.mt.us for more information about our services.

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