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Health Conditions

The health topics on this page are some of the more frequent health problems for formerly incarcerated people. If you have one of these problems, or any other, it’s best to learn how to take care of yourself. If you have a health condition, be sure to visit the Medical Care section to find out where you can get care.

If you want to learn online, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is a great resource. Many of the buttons below go to information pages on the CDC website. We also list Colorado-based resources as we learn about them. If you know of an organization that should be listed on this page, please contact us.
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Arthritis
Arthritis includes many different rheumatic diseases and conditions. A rheumatic disease is a condition usually caused by pain in the joints or muscles. Sometimes a rheumatic disease is caused by a hyperactive immune system. Learn more at the CDC website.
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Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. Learn more at the CDC website.
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Hepatitis
Hepatitis means the liver is enlarged, or inflamed, and refers to certain infections caused by a virus that affects the liver. The most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Learn more at the CDC website.
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Liver Health Connection
Liver Health Connections provides free Hepatitis C testing, resource information including a guide in English and Spanish, and education and publications on liver disease. If you’re at risk or have a diagnosis of a hepatitis C viral infection, the organization offers patient navigation to help you maintain your health. Their hotline is 1-800-522-4372. Click on the button below to visit their website.
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HIV / Aids
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. The HIV virus can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or Aids. Once you have HIV, you have it for the rest of your life. If you are HIV-positive, recent studies indicate treatment may keep you from transmitting the virus to others. Please make sure you have all of the recent facts on HIV from the Center for Disease Control or from the Colorado Aids Project.
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Colorado Aids Project
For information and help on living with HIV/Aids, start with the Colorado Aids Project. The organization has four regions in the state: Denver, Northern, Southern, & Western. Each region has HIV case managers who can help you find medical care and connect you with resources. To get started, click below on the website. Then click on the district where you live. Put your curser on Our Services at the top of the banner on the website. Then click on Becoming a Client.
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Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Your arteries carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. The force of blood against the walls of your arteries is called blood pressure. High blood pressure is when the pressure is too high. Sometimes this is called hypertension. High blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease or stroke. Learn more at the CDC website.
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Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis is a disease caused by a bacterium (plural form of bacteria). The bacteria usually attack the lungs. The disease used to be the cause of many deaths in the US. Learn more at the CDC website.
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