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BETHLEHEM, Pa., May 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OraSure Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:OSUR) today announced its support of numerous rapid hepatitis C (HCV) testing initiatives for National Hepatitis Testing Day, taking place on May 19, 2014. These testing initiatives, happening across the country, will help encourage thousands of people in the U.S. to get tested for hepatitis C with the OraQuick® HCV rapid test.
National Hepatitis Testing Day is an educational initiative of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of Viral Hepatitis and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Today marks the third National Hepatitis Testing Day, which reminds people at risk, including those individuals born between 1945 and 1965, to be tested, and encourages health care providers to educate patients about chronic viral hepatitis and testing.
Key highlights of OraSure's National Hepatitis Testing Day initiatives include:
Walgreens Hepatitis C Testing with OraQuick® HCV
Walgreens will use the OraQuick® HCV rapid test in a new hepatitis C testing program now available at select Walgreens in 10 states. Tests are available daily during pharmacy hours with no appointment necessary, and administered by Walgreens pharmacists. To find the nearest Walgreens offering hepatitis C testing services, consumers can call 1-866-WAG-YESS (1-866-924-9377).
NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell
OraSure will preside over the closing of the NASDAQ Stock Market today, May 19. Guest speakers for the market close will include Walgreens representatives, New York City public health officials, NYC Council members, representatives from community-based organizations and others. A live webcast of the NASDAQ Closing Bell will be available at:
National Hepatitis Testing Day Events
There are special hepatitis C testing events, using the OraQuick® HCV rapid test, taking place across the country in 20 states. These include events in New York City, where community-based healthcare organizations BOOM!Health and Community Healthcare Network are offering testing in mobile vans stationed in Times Square, and also in Washington D.C. on Capitol Hill, where a coalition of hepatitis advocacy organizations are sponsoring a hepatitis testing event, hosted by more than a dozen members of Congress.