Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is the #1 cause of Liver Cancer and Liver Transplant in the United States.

3.5 Million people are infected with hepatitis C in the United States.

Risk Factors of Hepatitis C

  • Have received blood, blood products, or an organ transplant before July 1992
  • Sharing needles to inject drugs even if it was only once or many years ago
  • Have worked or lived in a jail or prison
  • Have resided in countries where hepatitis C is common and have been exposed to blood products, medical procedures, or vaccinations
  • Have tattoos or body piercings
  • Have multiple sexual partners
  • Shared personal items with a hepatitis C infected person (e.g.…razors, nail clippers, tooth brush)
  • Shared cocaine (snorting) equipment
  • Were born from 1945 through 1965
  • Hemodialysis (kidney dialysis)
  • Accidental needle sticks injuries in the healthcare settings
  • Have hemophilia and received clotting factors before 1987
  • Have HIV
  • Being born to a mother with hepatitis C
  • If you have persistent elevated liver function tests

How Do I Know if I Am Infected?

Viral hepatitis such as hepatitis C (HCV), hepatitis B (HBV), and hepatitis A (HAV), is diagnosed by your symptoms and a simple blood test

Understanding Hepatitis Prevention

  • Get vaccinated against hepatitis A & B
  • Use a latex condom every time you have sex
  • Do not share personal items like razors or toothbrushes
  • Be careful if you get a tattoo, body piercing, or manicure. The equipment may have someone else's blood on it
  • Do not donate blood or tissue if you are infected

The Following Groups Should Be Screened For Hepatitis B Virus

  • People born in areas where HBV is endemic
  • Men having sex with men
  • IV drug users (both present and former users)
  • Dialysis patients
  • HIV-infected
  • Pregnant women
  • Family members, household members, and sex partners of HBV infected people even if sex occurred on only one occasion
  • • People who have more than one sex partner within 6 months
  • Help decrease your risk for cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure by getting tested today