There are several ways to get infected with hepatitis C:
- Sharing needles for injection drug use.
- Accidentally getting pricked by a needle contaminated by infected blood.
This sometimes happens to hospital workers.
- Being born to a mother with hepatitis C infection.
- Getting a blood transfusion from someone with hepatitis C infection. Before
1992, blood could not be tested for hepatitis C. Since 1992, all blood donated
in the U.S. gets tested for the virus. If you had a blood transfusion or organ
transplant before June 1992, ask your doctor about being tested for hepatitis
- Some people on kidney dialysis have gotten hepatitis C from contamination
of the equipment.
- It's possible to get hepatitis C from someone you live with if you share
items such as razors or a toothbrush that might have had his or her blood on them.
- A person can get hepatitis C from getting a tattoo or body piercing with
- Rarely, a person can get hepatitis C from having unprotected sex with an
infected person. This is more likely to happen if the infected person also has
another sexually transmitted disease.
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Archived: March 20, 2014
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