What is HCV?
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne pathogen and is transmitted primarily by any medical procedure where access to inner organs or other tissue is done via needle-puncture of the skin. Although unlikely, HCV can be transmitted between sexual partners or from mother to infant.
Who is at risk for Hepatitis C/HCV?
- Intravenous drug users
- People who receive tattoos
- Individuals who received a blood transfusion/organ donation prior to 1992
- Individuals who received clotting factors before 1987
- Long-term hemodialysis patients
- Health care and public safety workers with exposure to blood
How is Hepatitis transmitted?
HCV is transmitted through contaminated blood, tattoo ink, unclean needles, and most commonly, spread through needle sharing and drug use.
How many people are living with hepatitis C?
Around 3.2 million people in the U.S. are living with hepatitis C. If you are over the age of 50 and have not been tested, you could possibly be living with hepatitis C.
What are Hepatitis C symptoms?
Unfortunately, hepatitis C does not have many symptoms and usually isn’t diagnosed until there has been extensive damage to the liver. However, here are a few things to watch out for:
- Sore muscles
- Joint pain
- Stomach pain
- Dark urine