- Receiving a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992 from a donor whose blood contained hepatitis C. (Before 1992, there was no blood test for hepatitis C.)
- Shared needles to inject drugs or straws to inhale them such even if it's only once
- Had tattoos or body piercings using unsterile equipment
- Patients with kidney failure and received dialysis
- Worked in a place where you came in contact with infected blood or needles, for example, healthcare workers
- Having a mother who had hepatitis C
- Sharing items such as razors, toothbrushes, and other personal health items that might have had blood on them.
- Although hepatitis C rarely is spread through sexual contact, it can happen.
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Riverside Health System answeredYou could get hepatitis C through contact with an infected person's blood.
You could also get hepatitis C if you have been:
* Born to a mother with hepatitis C
* Having sex with an infected person
* Tattooed or pierced with unsterilized tools that were used on an infected person
* Accidentally pricked with a needle that was used on an infected person
* Using an infected person's razor or toothbrush
* Sharing drug needles with an infected person
This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.