Story by: Christina Dunavan on July 26, 2019
The sharing of used needles as well as blood transfusions before 1992 have been the main causes of hepatitis C transmission in the United States.
Anyone can get the hepatitis C virus, and 3 in 4 people with the virus were born from 1945 to 1965, members of the baby-boom generation. Younger generations have benefited from universal precautions against the virus spreading and mandatory infection control procedures. The virus was eliminated from the blood supply by 1992 after widespread screening was adopted.
Talk to your health care provider about getting tested. It could save your life!
If you have the virus, Norton Complex Care Clinic locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Corydon, Indiana, provide specialized care.
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How does a person get hepatitis C? Transmission happens through contact with blood from an infected person, and certain risk factors can make infection more likely.
You have a higher risk of hepatitis C if you:
Hepatitis C causes liver inflammation and can lead to severe liver damage, cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and even liver cancer. Half of the people with hepatitis C don’t know that they are infected. This is because they have no symptoms, which can take decades to appear.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a one-time blood screening test for those who have an increased risk of infection. The only way to know if you have hepatitis C is to be tested.
Symptoms may include fatigue, nausea, fever, jaundice and muscle aches.
Hepatitis C is curable as long as you find out.
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