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Hepatitis

How is hepatitis C acquired?

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  • ADr. Saleh Alqahtani, MBBS, MD, Gastroenterology, answered on behalf of Johns Hopkins Medicine
    • 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.
  • You 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.
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