1. Approximately 3.2 million people in the US have chronic Hepatitis C. Many do not even know they have it
WHO SHOULD BE TESTED
1. People who were born between 1945 and 1965
HOW IS IT TRANSMITTED:
1. IV drug use
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
1. Often, there are no symptoms
1. There are many new drugs to treat Hepatitis C. For a complete list please visit:
ONLINE RISK ASSESSMENT:
OTHER TYPES OF HEPATITIS:
1. A: Usually spread to someone who has never been infected and has not been vaccinated. Usually by ingesting food that has been contaminated with the feces of an infected person. It does NOT cause chronic liver disease. There IS a vaccination.
2. B: Spread through contact with blood or body fluids of an infected person. May also be transmitted by a mother to her unborn child. It may also be transmitted by sexual contact. It causes chronic liver failure. There IS a vaccination.
3. D: Spread through contact with infected blood. It ONLY occurs in people who are already infected with B.
4. E: Spread through contaminated drinking water. Usually clears after 4-6 weeks and there is no specific treatment. It usually occurs in underdeveloped countries. There is NO vaccine.