a serious, long-lasting disease
 

Chronic hepatitis C is caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The hepatitis C virus is carried in the blood. It is possible to get it if you
come in contact with the blood of someone who is infected with the virus.

Hep C Facts
More than
3 MILLION
Americans
Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
≈75% of adults with hepatitis C
were born between 1945 and 1965
(Baby Boomers).

Many people with chronic hepatitis C
do not know they have the disease.

The hepatitis C virus attacks the liver
and may lead to liver damage, liver
failure, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.

have you been tested for hepatitis c?
 
Yes

If you were tested in the past and you have the
hepatitis C virus, it is important that you follow
up with your healthcare provider. Updated
information about hepatitis C
is now available.

No

If you have not been tested for hepatitis C,
you should talk to your healthcare
provider about being tested
if any of
the risk factors* apply to you (see below). *Note: This is not a complete list of risk factors.

Hep C Facts
CHRONIC HEPATITIS C is approximately more common than HIV
Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
some risk factors for chronic hepatitis c
 

The CDC recommends that anyone born between 1945 and 1965 (Baby Boomers)
get tested for hepatitis C. Other risk factors include

  • Injecting drugs—even once
  • Snorting drugs (due to infected blood
    on a shared straw or bill)
  • Receiving donated blood, blood products,
    or organs, especially before 1992
  • Receiving blood products made before
    1987 for clotting problems
  • HIV infection
  • Past or present dialysis patient
  • A job where you are exposed to blood,
    such as a healthcare worker
  • Being born to a mother with hepatitis C
  • Abnormal liver tests
  • Unprotected sex, especially with
    multiple partners
  • Tattoos or body piercings (due to
    contaminated equipment)
  • Sharing razors or toothbrushes
what are some symptoms of chronic hepatitis c?
 

Some people have chronic hepatitis C for a long time, but have no symptoms. However, it is important to know that the disease can still get worse. If you do have symptoms, they may consist of

  • Dark urine
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyeballs)
Hep C Facts
CHRONIC HEPATITIS C
is the most common reason for liver transplants
is one of the main causes of liver cancer
Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Get Tested!
  • If you have even one risk factor
  • If you believe you have symptoms
Talk to your healthcare provider about the latest changes in
chronic hepatitis C.
Doctor and Patient
If Diagnosed...
If you are diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C,
talk to your healthcare provider about
options for follow-up care.

This information is not intended to provide or replace medical advice. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.