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Who Should Get Tested for Hepatitis C?
Posted on: 12/8/2015

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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