To recognize May as Hepatitis Awareness Month, Giant Eagle and the American Liver Foundation are offering a series of free rapid hepatitis C screenings at the Market District in Robinson.
Testing will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 4, 11 and 18. The screenings will feature the OraQuick® HCV (Hepatitis C) Rapid Antibody Test, which will be administered via a fingerstick blood sample. Results are available in 20 minutes.
The testing events will mark the first time a major grocery chain will provide on-site rapid hepatitis C testing. In addition to Robinson Market District, the testing will be offered at three other Giant Eagle locations in Allegheny County.
The City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County contain one of the highest concentrations of older individuals in the nation.
"Baby boomers"—people born between 1945 and 1965—are five times more likely than other adults to be infected with hepatitis C, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That age group makes up 75 percent of adults with the disease.
Testing can lead to early diagnosis and treatment, helping to prevent liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer. It’s estimated that one-time testing of baby boomers will prevent more than 120,000 deaths.
The Robinson Market District is located at 100 Settlers Ridge Center Dr.