Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV). The virus is found in the blood of persons who have this disease and is spread by contact with infected blood.
What increases my risk for Hepatitis C infection?
Having a blood transfusion or organ transplant before July 1992
Having been treated for clotting problems with a blood product made before 1987
Having ever been on long-term kidney dialysis
Having ever injected street drugs, even once many years ago
If you are a healthcare worker exposed to blood in the workplace through accidental needlestick injuries
Having been a baby born to infected mothers
Hepatitis C can also be spread by sexual intercourse, but this does not occur very often.
Hepatitis C is not spread by:
Sharing eating utensils or drinking glasses
Food or water
Hugging or kissing
For more information on Hepatitis, visit the CDC’s Hepatitis webpage.