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December 2015
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  • Who Should Get Tested for Hepatitis C?

    Hepatitis C often goes undetected for decades, and most victims do not know they have the disease until it's too late.

    Hep C Infographic

    According to the American Liver Foundation, patients who are at high risk for having this bloodborne viral infection include:

    • Baby boomers (those born between 1945 and 1965). 
    • Current or former drug users who used needles to inject, even if only once and many years ago.
    • Patients who had their blood filtered by a machine (hemodialysis) for a long period of time because their kidneys were not working.
    • Patients who received a blood clotting factor to treat a bleeding disorder (like hemophilia) before 1987.
    • Those who received a blood transfusion or organ transplant from a donor before July 1992.
    • Health care professionals who were exposed to blood through a needle stick or had other contact with blood or bodily fluids.
    • Patients who have HIV.
    • Those with evidence of liver disease, such as abnormal liver tests.
    • Those with a sex partner who has chronic Hepatitis C, or those with many sex partners.
    • Children born to HCV-positive mothers.

    To help raise awareness about screening, download ISMS' infographic, Hepatitis C – Stats and Facts at a Glance, and display it in your office.

    Questions? Call your ISMS Advocacy Team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470 or send an email.  

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