CRESTVIEW — The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, in coordination with the Mississippi Community Veterans Engagement Board, is providing Hepatitis C testing.
The testing is open to all veterans, and will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 at all five GCVHCS locations, including the Eglin Air Force Base VA Clinic, 100 Veterans Way; and the Joint Ambulatory Care Center, 790 Veterans Way, Pensacola.
Those not enrolled in Veterans Administration health care are encouraged to enroll, and take advantage of testing and potential treatments. Start the enrollment process at one of the GCVHCS clinics by bringing an I.D. card and their DD Form 214, or call 855-574-7296 to complete an enrollment application via phone. Veterans can also enroll at www.vets.gov.
Hepatitis C affects millions and it is important that all veterans be tested, according to a media release from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The release stated a study shows that new drug regimens have "remarkably high" cure rates among VA patients. Since Jan. 1, 2014, the GCVHCS has treated 1,183 veterans with Hepatitis C and 96 percent have been cured of the virus, according to the media release.