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Get the facts about hepatitis C

reviewed 11/16/2019

5 must-know facts about hepatitis C


  1. It's a potentially deadly virus that is spread through blood, and it's highly infectious—10 times more so than HIV.
  2. At least half of all people living with hepatitis C don't know they have the virus.
  3. The only way to know if you're infected is to have a blood test.
  4. Testing is recommended for certain people, including:
    • Baby boomers—those born from 1945 to 1965.
    • Anyone who has ever injected drugs, even once.
    • Children who were born to mothers infected with hepatitis C.
    • Those who received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992.
    • Those who are infected with HIV.
  5. There is currently no vaccine for hepatitis C, but new treatments may cure the virus.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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