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Who should be tested for hepatitis C (HCV)?

You should be tested for hepatitis C if you fit into one of the following categories:

  • You are a current or former IV drug user.
  • You were treated for a blood clotting condition before 1987.
  • You received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before July 1992.
  • You are on long-term hemodialysis treatment.
  • You have abnormal liver tests or liver disease.
  • You work in healthcare or public safety and were exposed to blood through a needle stick or other sharp object injury.
  • You are HIV positive.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

The following people should be tested for hepatitis C:

  • pregnant women
  • previous and current intravenous drug users
  • those infected with HIV
  • baby boomers
  • those who have had sexual intercourse with someone who is already infected
  • health care workers who have been recently injured by a needle stick
  • those who may have received a blood transfusion before 1987
  • those infected with HIV
  • children born to mothers who are infected with hepatitis C

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