Hepatitis C Frequently Asked Questions

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Hepatitis C Frequently Asked Questions

Hepatitis C is a disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). You may be at risk for hepatitis C and should contact your medical care provider for a blood test if you:

  • were notified that you received blood from a donor who later tested positive for hepatitis C
  • have ever injected illegal drugs, even if you experimented a few times many years ago
  • received a blood transfusion or solid organ transplant before July, 1992
  • were a recipient of clotting factor(s) made before 1987 or
  • have ever been on long-term kidney dialysis have evidence of liver disease (e.g., persistently abnormal ALT levels).

 * Information extracted from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Please visit CDC for in depth information about Hepatitis C. *

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