What Are the Causes of Hepatitis C?

Q:
What are the causes of hepatitis C?

A:
Hepatitis C is a contagious, viral liver disease. It causes liver inflammation, sometimes leading to serious liver damage. The cause of hepatitis C is hepatitis C virus(HCV) and it spreads through blood.

Your risk of hepatitis C infection is increased if you:

  • Are a health care worker who has been exposed to infected blood
  • Have ever injected or inhaled illicit drugs
  • Have HIV
  • Received a piercing or tattoo in an unclean environment using unsterile equipment
  • Received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992
  • Received clotting factor concentrates before 1987
  • Received hemodialysis treatments for a long period of time
  • Were born to a woman with a hepatitis C infection
  • Were ever in prison
  • Were born between 1945 and 1965, the age group with the highest incidence of hepatitis C infection

Please go to your doctor to do a test if you’re worried.

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