Hepatitis C

Who Is At Risk for Hepatitis C?

Recent studies suggest that HCV may survive on environmental surfaces at room temperature at least 16 hours, but no longer than 4 days.

The following individuals are at risk for contracting HCV:

  • Anyone who injected illegal drugs, including those who injected once or a few times many years ago
  • People who were treated for clotting problems with a blood product made before 1987 when more advanced methods for manufacturing the products were developed
  • People who were notified that they received blood from a donor who later tested positive for Hepatitis C
  • People who received a blood transfusion or solid organ transplant before July 1992 when better testing of blood donors became available
  • Long-term hemodialysis patients
  • People 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 women
  • People who have had multiple sexual partners, particularly where there is a history of a sexually transmitted disease
  • Household members of an infected person
  • People who have acquired a tattoo or who have had a body part pierced

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