IS HEPATITIS C.......... ????
||What is hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused
by the hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is found in the blood of
persons who have this disease. HCV is spread by contact with the blood of
an infected person.
should get tested for hepatitis C?
- persons who ever
injected illegal drugs, including those who injected once or a few
times many years ago
- persons who were
notified that they received blood from a donor who later tested
positive for hepatitis C
- persons who received
a blood transfusion or solid organ transplant
- persons who have
signs or symptoms of liver disease (e.g., abnormal liver enzyme tests)
- healthcare workers
after exposures (e.g., needle sticks or splashes to the eye ) to HCV-positive
blood on the job
- children born to HCV-positive
could a person have gotten hepatitis C?
HCV is spread primarily by direct contact with human blood. For
example, you may have gotten infected with HCV if:
- you ever injected
street drugs, as the needles and/or other drug "works" used
to prepare or inject the drug(s) may have had someone else's blood
that contained HCV on them.
- you received blood,
blood products, or solid organs from a donor whose blood contained HCV.
- you were ever on
long-term kidney dialysis as you may have unknowingly shared
supplies/equipment that had someone else's blood on them.
- you were ever a
healthcare worker and had frequent contact with blood on the job,
especially accidental needlesticks.
- your mother had
hepatitis C at the time she gave birth to you. During the birth her
blood may have gotten into your body.
- you ever had sex
with a person infected with HCV.
- you lived with
someone who was infected with HCV and shared items such as razors or
toothbrushes that might have had his/her blood on them.