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Tufts Medical Center doctors host free hepatitis C screening at the AIDS Walk Boston

07/01/2009

Tufts Medical Center doctors, Geneve Allison of Infectious Disease and Hannah Lee of Gastroenterology, with staff and volunteers, hosted a free hepatitis C screening at the 2009 AIDS Walk Boston and Wellness Festival held at the Hatch Shell.

Drs. Lee and Allison work together, with others in the Co-infection Clinic, who have hosted the screening. The clinic serves HIV+ patients with hepatitis B or C, or other liver related diseases. The clinic offers a team approach to meeting the medical needs of its patients in a coordinated manner – the patient is seen by an HIV specialist, a liver specialist (hepatologist) and an HIV pharmacist during the same visit.

AIDS Walk Boston is a grassroots community event benefiting the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. The walk’s dedicated participants and sponsors have raised over $1.2 million to support AAC’s programs, services and prevention efforts and to increase awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Massachusetts. Now in its twenty-fourth year, AIDS Walk Boston is the largest AIDS-related event in New England. The walk attracts over 15,000 participants each year from Boston and hundreds of surrounding communities.

Approximately three hundred people between the ages of eighteen to sixty-five received information regarding hepatitis C, with thirty-five people tested for hepatitis C.

Thank you to staff and volunteers: Geneve Allison, MD, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases; Hannah Lee, MD, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology; Shonda Sumpter, Business Operations Manager, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology; Whitney Hung, PharmD, Division of Pharmacology; Kristen Childress, Medical Student at TUSM; Mari Imai, Research Coordinator, Nutrition and Infection Unit, Tufts University; and Kyra Tobin and Sherry Dong, Community Health Improvement Programs.