The Virginia Department of Health is partnering with Walgreens to offer no-cost Hepatitis C testing at 10 pharmacies across the state.
The health department announced the development Thursday.
The testing offer comes as Virginia's opioid epidemic has contributed to an increasing number of Hepatitis C cases in the state. The health department says people who share needles when they inject drugs are most at risk for acquiring the virus.
Appointments are not necessary for the rapid testing, which will be done privately.
A Hepatitis C infection can range from a mild illness lasting for several weeks to a lifelong illness that severely damages the liver. A chronic infection can lead to serious problems such as cirrhosis or liver cancer.
The following stores in the D.C. area will offer testing:
42025 Village Center Plaza, Aldie, VA 20105
6717 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22306
7629 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22306
10320 Main St., Fairfax, VA 22030
5650 Plank Rd., Fredericksburg, VA, 22407
10671 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 20109
8697 Sudley Rd., Manassas, VA 20110
8414 Old Keene Mill Rd., Unit A, Springfield, VA 22152
14095 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Woodbridge, VA 22191
13926 Lee Hwy., Centreville, VA 20120-2415