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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Counseling, Diseases of Specific Organs, Health, Mental Health, Public Health

Mission: The mission of Hep C Connection is to educate the general public about hepatitis C and to provide resources and support for those affected by the virus.

Geographic areas served: Our HelpLine serves callers from around the nation, while the rest of our programs primarily impact the state of Colorado.

Programs: PREVENTION, EDUCATION and AWARENESS PROGRAMS - HCV Awareness and Prevention (though educational programs in jails, re-entry facilities, homeless shelters and upon request) - HIV/HCV Co-Infection Program - Anti-Body Testing (for HCV and HIV) - Physician-led Educational Presentations for Physicians - Speakers' Bureau LINKAGE TO CARE SUPPORT NETWORK PROGRAMS - Hepatitis HelpLine 1-800-522-4372 - Support Groups - Monthly Connections E-newsletter - Our Website (www.hepc-connection.org) - Educational Materials - Physician-led Educational Presentations for Patients

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I will be forever grateful to the Hep C Connection. They have helped me in so many ways. They provide free Hep C blood tests, in which you will have the results within 30 minutes. Just call or email them to find out how to make an appointment. They also have a free "hot line" service, where people can call & ask questions about Hep C. In addition, they provide literature about the disease & where to find clinical trials. They also have a list of support groups in the Denver area, which meet monthy. The support groups are very helpful & I recommend that people take advantage of this wonderful service.
It would be wonderful if every city across this nation & across the world, had their own Hep C Connection. We are blessed to have them in the Denver area, but even if you live elsewhere, you can contact them & they will do their best to help you find support in or near your home town. Please donate some money to them, whatever you can afford. They were there for me at one of the most difficult times in my life & I will never forget them. Thank you, thank you, thank you, to the Hep C Connection.
Sincerely,
C

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered Hep C Connection online several years ago. When I was diagnosed in 2000, I was only able to complete 6 months of a 12 month treatment. Over the last few years, my viral load began to increase. Seeking treatment options/information, my husband and I planned to fly to Denver for a Hep C Connection presentation in 2011. However, there was a bad snow storm which prevented us from flying. I called Hep C Connection to explain that I could not attend. A few days later I was contacted by Hep C Connection. They had located a doctor specializing in Hep C here in San Antonio. I just completed a 6 month clinical trial with this great doctor and am currently virus free! Thank you to all at Hep C Connection for helping me reach that goal. Hep C Connection helped save my life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I was infected with HEP C during surgery a year before I started treatment. I just finished last week and hope to have a positive result in July for final labs.I have had great support from Nancy at HepC connection with questions. I do not recommend going on line to chat lines. Every case is different. The night before I started I was preparing to be in bed for months-loosing ALL my hair (it did thin just a bit) but I do recommend the Book Living with Hepatitis C by Dr Gregory Everson. Use your phone to make sure you have an alarm to take you meds at the same time everyday--that was a huge help.I wish everyone well-I also juiced with apple-celery-banana-a slice of ginger- parsley or anything green. I will continue this forever--it is so healthy.Keep a positive attitude--you are the one who needs to take care of yourself--there is a lesson there!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I felt devastated when the Bonfils Blood Center called and said that my blood donation was "red flagged". Further testing confirmed that I had a blood-borne virus. I had HCV (Hepatitus C). After thoroughly investigating the pros and cons of viral treatment for HCV and, following much deliberation with my family members and closest friends, I chose to undergo viral treatment. The final two months of my viral treatment program were an especially difficult time, physically and mentally. It was then that I began to implement the outside support resources offered through various online organizations and pharmaceutical companies.
And it was the HEPC CONNECTION website that proved to be the most invaluable resource for me. It was there that I first connected with one of the local support groups for HCV that the HEPC CONNECTION sponsors. That next month, I went to the support group meeting. What this type of support offers is profound in its value and effect. It is a constant, a comfort for me and for my loved ones, and, i surmise, for the other support group attendees. i have been going regularly ever since.
THANK YOU HEPC CONNECTION!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would recommend anyone with Hep C or anyone touched by this disease to contact this organization for support.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I was diagnosed 21 years ago and just recently have had symptoms. When i went to my Dr for guidance, I was sent to Hep C Connection. When you come to the support group you feel lost and freaked out and isolated, when you leave you feel like you are not alone in this trial and that everyone there understands. Support is very important with this disease. It greatly decreases the stress level so that you can mend.

Client Served

Rating: 4

When I was diagnosed with Hep C in 2000 if was totally freaked out. I did not know where to turn and went to see a volunteer from the Hep C connection. I was given really good, on target information and ended up training as a volunteer. The information given was so helpful. The books and info on treatment were invaluable. I realized that talking to others with the same disease gave me insights I couldn't get anywhere else. Knowledge took away my fear and I know my own health depends on my behavior and attitude. Couldn't have gotten rid of the fear without Hep C Connection.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got Hepatitis C from tainted blood during a transfusion in Viet Nam in 1969. Upon being diagnosed with Hep C in 1996 I began attending a support group sponsered by the Hep C Connection. I soon realized that I was more suited to giving support than receiving it. Since then I have suppoted the Hep C Connection in any way that I can. Hep C is a disease that is, at best, misunderstood. The "Connection" provides the public with acurate information about the disease but I think most importantly they provide free testing to anyone who wants it. There is no doubt that early detection is critical in combating Hep C. I had a liver transplant in 2004 and am now disease free. Thanks, in part, to the Hep C Connection. I would encourage everyone, whether you have Hep C or not, to support the "Connection" in their work. It is the best way I know of to stop the spread of a terminal disease that affects millions of people.