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 diease 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 CDC’s Hepatitis Webpage
Contact the Laurel County Health Department if you have questions about these or other communicable diseases.