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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is caused by a virus that can permanently damage the liver, leading to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. It is passed from one person to another through blood.

Most people who have hepatitis C do not show symptoms, but it can still cause harm if left untreated. The most common reasons people have hepatitis C is because they received a blood transfusion before 1992, or because they have shared drug-use equipment. If you have ever injected drugs, even once, you should get tested for hepatitis C as soon as possible. Hepatitis C can be cured.

To connect with other people searching for help, check out the Hep Free NYC network of patients and providers.

Free and Low-cost Testing and Treatment

These locations offer free and low-cost hepatitis C testing and treatment, as well as patient navigators who can provide support for you throughout the process.

These facilities do not accept walk-in visits. You must call or email to make an appointment.

For more locations in the city offering hepatitis C testing and treatment, search the NYC Health Map.

  • Montefiore Medical Center*
    844) CURE-HCV (1-844-287-3428)
    Multiple locations

  • Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center Family Wellness Center
    (347) 326-2075
    1281 Franklin Avenue

  • Brightpoint Health*
    (855) 681-8700 x3474 or 3476
    Multiple locations

  • Acacia Network*
    (718) 960-7532
    Multiple locations

* Offers free services for uninsured patients.

  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center*
    (718) 270-1715
    450 Clarkson Avenue

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center
    (718) 636-4500
    1456 Fulton Street

  • Brightpoint Health — Sterling Health Center*
    (855) 681-8700 x3474 or 3476
    803 Sterling Place

* Offers free services for uninsured patients.

  • Mount Sinai Medical Center*
    (212) 824-7729
    Multiple locations

  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital*
    (917) 923-9558
    180 Fort Washington Avenue

  • Harlem United
    (646) 762-4950
    290 Lenox Avenue

* Offers free services for uninsured patients.


  • Addabbo Family Health Center
    (718) 945-7150
    Multiple locations

  • Damien Family Care Centers
    (718) 298-5100
    Multiple locations

  • Brightpoint Health — Sutphin Health Center*
    (855) 681-8700 x3474 or 3476
    105-04 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica

Staten Island

* Offers free services for uninsured patients.

Prevention and Care

There is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C. The virus can live outside of the body for weeks, so avoid contact with any item that may have been exposed to blood. The best ways to avoid getting or passing along hepatitis C are to:

  • Never share drug use equipment, such as needles or syringes. If you snort or inject drugs, only use new, sterile equipment, or equipment that only you have used. If you are using drugs with other people, mark your equipment so that you can keep track of it. Find syringe exchange programs in the city using our NYC Health Map. Learn more about the City’s drug use services that can help you stay safe.
  • Have protected sex if you don’t know if your partner has hepatitis C. Find free NYC condoms.
  • Do not share personal care items that could have blood on them, such as razors, clippers or toothbrushes.
  • Clean blood spills immediately with one part bleach and nine parts water.

It is especially important to get tested for hepatitis C if:

  • You have ever injected drugs, even once
  • You have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS
  • You were born between 1945 and 1965
  • You received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before July 1992

Learn more about how hepatitis C can spread (PDF) [Espanol].

If you have hepatitis C:

  • Get into care with a doctor who is experienced in managing and treating hepatitis C, even if you do not feel sick.
  • Consult with your doctor before taking vitamins, supplements, home remedies or over-the-counter drugs. Some of those treatments can harm your liver.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Get vaccinated for hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Visit an NYC Health walk-in immunization clinic, or search the NYC Health Map for facilities near you.
  • Avoid passing hepatitis C to others by making sure no one else comes in contact with your blood.

Living with hepatitis C can be confusing and stressful. There are several hepatitis support groups in the city that can put you in contact with other people who have hepatitis C.

The great news is that almost all people with hepatitis C can be treated and cured in less than three months by taking pills. After you have been cured of hepatitis C, there is no more virus in the blood and liver damage will stop and even reverse in some cases. After you have been treated and cured of hepatitis C, you can no longer infect other people.

If you have hepatitis C, talk to your doctor or find a hepatitis C treatment location near you.

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