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FREE HEPATITIS B AND C BLOOD TESTS OFFERED TO PUBLIC

 FREE HEPATITIS B AND C BLOOD TESTS OFFERED TO PUBLIC
 NEW YORK, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- On Sept. 9, 10, 23, and 24, New


York Hospital is offering the public free screenings for hepatitis B and C.
 The program is being sponsored by the American Liver Foundation (ALF) because there is an urgent need to identify patients with hepatitis B and C. The facts:
 -- This year, nearly half a million Americans will become infected with hepatitis B or C;
 -- Hepatitis B virus is 100 times more contagious that HIV and is the 2nd most commonly reported sexually transmitted disease;
 -- Hepatitis C, which kills 10 percent of its victims, is known to cause liver cancer.
 -- Million of people are unknowingly infected with hepatitis B or C and continue to transmit these diseases throughout the population.
 Information is available weekdays through the ALF 800 hotline: 800-223-0179, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (EDT).
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 /CONTACT: Thelma King Thiel of the American Liver Foundation, 800-223-0179, or Helene Kener Gray of Edelman, 212-704-8208, for the American Liver Foundation/ CO: American Liver Foundation ST: New York IN: HEA SU:


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