People take advantage of Thomas Health Systems' Hepatitis testing day

May 19 is Hepatitis testing day, local medical provider offers free testing. (WCHS/WVAH)

With more case of Hepatitis A case reported across West Virginia, some people are growing more concerned about the disease.

On Saturday, a local health provider gave away free Hepatitis screenings as a way to help the community during Hepatitis Awareness Month.

"Just to be on the safe side and just to make sure we were not exposed," Rebecca Thornton of Dunbar said.

Nearly 200 people came out to one of the three Thomas Health Systems locations for a Hepatitis screening clinic.

"I don't want to stop living and enjoying myself because of itm but I am very skeptical," Roxia Mash of Charleston said .

Those who attended the clinic were tested for Hepatitis A, B and C.

St. Francis Family Nurse Practitioner Sarah McClanahan said they've been getting a lot of calls regarding Hepatitis.

"A lot of times people don't know and that is what makes them scared," McClanahan said.

The screening process was a simple and quick blood draw. Patients will receive the results of the blood tests within a few days.

Mash said she has notice a lot of women not washing their hands when she is out in public.

"They'll sanitize, but when I mention it to them that hot water and soap kills the germs, they walk straight out of the bathroom. I never thought I would see the day where women think its okay to not wash their hands," Mash said.

Both Mash and Thornton ate at O'Charley's, which recently had an employee test positive for the disease, and fear they have been exposed to Hepatitis. Although they are still nervous to go out to eat, they said this event is helping ease their mind.

"It is going to take a lot of stress off of me, ease my mind either way, I am hoping not but when you eat out you have to be careful," Mash said.

Both women are shocked that the community is dealing with an issue like this.

"It is really scary that it can happen here, you might think more of a third world country but not here," Thornton said.

Although the free screening was a one day event, you can still get blood tests done any day at any Thomas Health Systems location.

"All of our clinics are open seven days a week and we can provide the blood test and the vaccine any day of the week," McClanahan said .

McClanahan said most insurance policies cover the screening, but coverage for vaccines vary. She recommends checking with your insurance provider.

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