Hepatitis C (Hep C)

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Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus . Today, most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. For some people, hepatitis C is a short-term illness but for 70%–85% of people who become infected with Hepatitis C, it becomes a long-term, chronic infection. Chronic Hepatitis C is a serious disease than can result in long-term health problems, even death. The majority of infected persons might not be aware of their infection because they are not showing signs of illness. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C. The best way to prevent Hepatitis C is by avoiding behaviors that can spread the disease, especially injecting drugs. 

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Know your Risks for Hepatitis C

  • Were you born between 1945 and 1965?
  • Do you currently inject drugs?
  • Have you ever injected drugs, even just once?
  • Have any of you sexual partners every injected drugs?
  • Have you been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS?
  • Did you receive a blood transfusion or organ transplant before July 1992?

Find out if you should get tested.

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