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Who is at risk for hepatitis C (HCV)?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Hepatitis C can affect anyone, but high risk groups include people who use injectable drugs and share needles, 
children born to mothers with hepatitis C, people who had a blood transfusion or organ transplant prior to July 1992, and hemophiliacs who used blood products prior to 1987. Hepatitis C can also be transmitted sexually if there is exposure to blood during sex; the risk is considered higher for people who have many sexual partners. Baby boomers (those born between 1945 and 1965) are considered at higher risk, as hepatitis C was more common in the 1970s and 1980s than it is currently.

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