Hepatitis C Basics

Hepatitis C is a virus that effects the liver. If untreated it can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure. Hepatitis C is curable!

Hepatitis C can only be found in blood.

Hepatitis C is passed from one person to another by:

  • sharing needles or other injection equipment
  • tattoos and piercings done in unlicensed or noncommercial settings
  • having sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) with a person who has Hepatitis C
  • during pregnancy, this risk is very low
  • getting a blood transfusion or organ donation from a person with Hepatitis C prior to 1992
  • anyone born between 1945-1965, Baby Boomers

If you answer “yes” to ANY of these statements you may be at increased risk for Hepatitis C.

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