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Hep C Testing At Baseball Stadiums by Merck
Step up to the plate against Hepatitis C
  8:47 AM, Aug 21, 2011
St. Louis (KSDK) - The Cardinals are stepping up to the plate against Hepatitis C.
Starting Monday, August 22, fans will be able to get free Hepatitis C screenings at Busch Stadium.
It's part of a nationwide effort by Major League Baseball to bring attention to the causes and treatment of Hepatitis C.
Facts about Hepatitis C
· Approximately 3.2 million Americans have chronic hepatitis C virus.
· While rates of new infection for chronic hepatitis C are dropping, the number of people with existing infection who are starting to develop serious complications, such as advanced liver disease and liver cancer, is expected to increase over the next 10 to 20 years.
· As a result, there is a growing urgency for increased awareness and education to ensure people with HCV infection are diagnosed and seek the care of a physician.
Step Up to The Plate Against Hepatitis C Testing Initiative Takes Place at Ballparks
To encourage more people to get tested for hepatitis C, Merck, in partnership with ALF, Coalition on Positive Health Empowerment and OraSure Technologies (Nasdaq: OSUR), has launched Step Up to The Plate Against Hepatitis C. Working with participating baseball teams in Chicago, Houston and St. Louis, this initiative will offer free hepatitis C testings and educational information at baseball stadiums to encourage people to get educated on the facts and tested for hepatitis C.
Testing events already scheduled include:
· Chicago Cubs: August 6th, August 23rd
· Chicago White Sox: August 21st, September 8th, September 13th
· Houston Astros: August 20th, September 13th, September 23rd
· St. Louis Cardinals: August 22nd, September 5th, September 24th
To learn more about Step Up to The Plate Against Hepatitis C and other testing dates, please visit
Free Hep C
Testing Events!

In 2011, testing at select ballparks is one of the ways we are showing our commitment in the fight against hepatitis C.
St. Louis
Busch Stadium

August 22
September 5
September 24
Minute Maid Park

August 20
September 13
September 23
U.S. Cellular Field

August 21
September 8
September 13
Wrigley Field

August 6
August 23
Other ways to get tested:
Do you have health insurance? If so, then visit your doctor and ask for a hep C screening test. But if you don't have health insurance, don't let that stop you from getting tested. There are many facilities that offer free or low-cost hep C testing services.
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