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How
Hepatitis C
Is Spread

How is hepatitis C spread?

The hep C virus is spread when your blood comes into contact with infected blood. This can happen in different ways:

You cannot get hep C from sharing eating utensils. It is usually passed from person to person when an uninfected person’s blood comes in contact with infected blood.

Fast facts
about hepatitis C

people in the US are infected
with the hep C virus

of people infected with hep C
will develop chronic infection

Who is at risk for hep C?

If you fall into any of the categories below, you may want to ask your doctor about getting tested
  • Anyone born between 1945 and 1965
  • Current or former injection drug users, including those who injected only once many years ago
  • People exposed to unsanitary piercing or tattoo equipment
  • Children born to mothers with hep C
  • People who have had long-term hemodialysis
  • Healthcare and emergency workers who have been exposed to infected blood or have had accidental needlestick injury
  • People who were treated with clotting factors made before 1987
  • People who received blood transfusions or organ transplants before 1992
  • People with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)
  • People who were in jail or prison
  • Anyone with unexplained liver problems or inflammation, including abnormal liver tests
Others who may be at risk for hep C include:
  • Anyone who has had sexual contact with a person who has hep C
  • People who have shared personal care items (like razors, toothbrushes, or nail clippers) that may have come into contact with the blood of someone with hep C

If any of these or other risk factors apply to you, talk to your doctor about getting tested.

The most difficult part of living with hepatitis C was knowing I have it, not knowing how I got it, and fearing that someone could get it from me.

Rick F., hepatitis C patient

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