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** Am I at risk of hep C? **

About hep C

December 2nd, 2012

The most common way for *hepatitis C* to be transmitted is through contact
with an infected person’s blood.

This can happen in a number of ways so you could be at risk from activities
such as sharing needles or syringes to inject drugs, or needlestick
injuries in a healthcare setting.

Those who may be at increased risk of contracting the virus include
anyone:^3 ^14

· who currently injects drugs
· who injected drugs in the past, even if it was just once or a long time
· who received donated blood (before September 1991 in the UK and before
1992 in the US)
· who received an organ/tissue transplants in the UK before 1982
· infected with *HIV* or *AIDS*
· born to a mother infected with hep C
· who received body piercings or tattoos done with non-sterile equipment
· working in healthcare who experienced a needlestick injury

It is also possible, though not as common, for hepatitis C to be spread
through sharing personal care items that may have been in contact with
another person’s blood like toothbrushes or razors, or through sexual
contact with someone infected with the virus.

Remember, it cannot be spread by sharing cutlery or dishes, kissing,
breastfeeding, holding hands, sneezing or coughing. It is not transmitted
in food or water.

If you are concerned about your health or feel

Source: hepatitiscnews.com/am-i-at-risk-of-hep-c/

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Hepatitis C
/Classification and external resources/

Electron micrograph of hepatitis C virus purified from cell culture (scale
= 50 nanometers)
ICD-10 B17.1, B18.2
ICD-9 070.70,070.4, 070.5
OMIM 609532
DiseasesDB 5783
MedlinePlus 000284
eMedicine med/993 ped/979
MeSH D006526

*Hepatitis C* is an infectious disease affecting primarily the liver,
caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV).^[1] The infection is often
asymptomatic, but chronic infection can lead to scarring of the liver and
ultimately to cirrhosis, which is generally apparent after many years. In
some cases, those with cirrhosis will go on to develop liver failure, liver
cancer or life-threatening esophageal and gastric varices.^[1]

HCV is spread primarily by blood-to-blood contact associated with
intravenous drug use, poorly sterilized medical equipment and transfusions.
An estimated 130–200 million people worldwide are infected with
hepatitis C.^[2] The existence of hepatitis C (originally "non-A non-B
hepatitis") was postulated in the 1970s and proven in 1989.^[3]Hepatitis C
infects only humans and chimpanzees.^[4]

The virus persists in the liver in about 85% of those infected. This
persistent infection can be treated with medication: the standard therapy
is a combination of peginterferon and ribavirin, with either boceprevir or
telaprevir added in some cases. Overall, 50–80% of people treated are
cured. Those who develop cirrhosis or liver cancer may require a liver
transplant. Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver transplantation,
though the virus usually recurs after transplantation.^[5] No vaccine
against hepatitis C is available.


· 1 Signs and symptoms

· 1.1 Acute infection
· 1.2 Chronic infection
· 1.3 Extrahepatic

· 2 Virology
· 3 Transmission

· 3.1 Intravenous drug use

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepatitis_C

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