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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
    C.

  • 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
    dirty tools.

  • 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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