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Hepatitis C

Who is at Risk for Contracting Hepatitis C?

The following individuals are at risk for contracting Hepatitis C:

  • People who have injected illicit drugs, even if only one time or a few times, including those who have injected only once many years ago
  • Healthcare workers who have been exposed to infectious blood on the job or have been stuck by a needle infected with the Hepatitis C virus
  • People who were notified that they received blood from a donor who tested positive after they had already donated their blood
  • People who received a blood transfusion or had a solid organ transplant before 1992
  • People who have HIV
  • People who received blood clotting factor products before 1987
  • People who are long-term hemodialysis patients
  • People who were born to a woman infected with Hepatitis C
  • People who live in a household with an infected person
  • People who have/had unprotected sex with multiple partners, and/or between males, particularly where there is a history of a sexually transmitted disease
  • People who engage or have engaged in anal sex without a condom
  • People who have tattoos and body piercing
  • People who have signs or symptoms of liver disease such as abnormal liver enzyme tests
  • People who have ever worked or been housed in a prison

Mayo Clinic “Acute Liver Failure” Retrieved May 20, 2011

Medscape “Diagnosis and Management of Acute Liver Failure” Retrieved May 20, 2011

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U.S. National Library of Medicine NIH National Institutes of Health “Acute liver failure caused by 'fat burners' and dietary supplements: a case report and literature review” Retrieved May 20, 2011

U.S. National Library of Medicine NIH National Institutes of Health “Influence of high body mass index on outcome in acute liver failure” Retrieved May 20, 2011< Worman, MD Howard J. The Liver Disorders and Hepatitis Sourcebook. McGraw-Hill, 2006