How is hepatitis C acquired?

Saleh A. Alqahtani, MD
  • 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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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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