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
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- What is Hepatitis C?
- What Causes Hepatitis C?
- Who is at Risk for Contracting Hepatitis C?
- What are the Signs and Symptoms of Hepatitis C?
- Are There Different Types of Hepatitis C?
- Is it Possible to Become Infected with More Than One Genotype of Hepatitis C?
- How is Hepatitis C Diagnosed?
- Is it Possible for Hepatitis C to Clear on Its Own?
- What is the Conventional Medical Treatment for Hepatitis C?
- Are There Alternative Therapies for the Treatment of Hepatitis C?
- What is the Long Term Prognosis?