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Hepatitis C Linkage to Care Program


Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program


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Infectious Disease Reporting System (IDRS)

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Hepatitis C Information


What Is Hepatitis C? 
Hepatitis C (HCV) is a viral disease that affects your liver and can cause chronic liver disease. Almost four million people in the U.S. have been infected with Hepatitis C.

What Are The Symptoms of Hepatitis C?
The symptoms of Hepatitis C are usually very mild. In fact, 3 out of 4 people who are infected with Hepatitis C have no symptoms and can infect others without knowing it. It can take many years from the time a person is infected with the virus before symptoms occur, like extreme fatigue, cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer, or liver failure.

How Could I Get Infected With Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is mainly spread through blood. This might happen by:

  • Sharing needles or syringes to inject drugs
  • Sharing other drug supplies such as cookers, cottons or cocaine straws
  • Medical procedures such as kidney dialysis or blood transfusions (before 1992)
  • Working in jobs where you are exposed to blood, such as healthcare, EMS or body art studio without proper protection
  • Getting a non-professional tattoo or body piercing (like at someone’s home)
  • Sharing personal care supplies like razors or toothbrushes that may have a small amount of blood on them
  • Sexual transmission is possible, but uncommon

Who Should Get Tested for Hepatitis C?
The CDC recommends you get tested for Hepatitis C if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • People born from 1945 through 1965
  • Anyone who ever injected drugs, including those who injected once or a few times many years ago
  • People who received clotting factor concentrates produced before 1987
  • People who were ever on long-term hemodialysis
  • People with abnormal alanine aminotransferase levels (ALT)
  • People with HIV infection
  • Anyone who received a transfusion of blood, blood components, or an organ transplant before July 1992
  • Anyone who has had contact with the blood of someone with Hepatitis C, such as through a needle stick injury
  • Babies born to mothers who have Hepatitis C

How can I get tested for Hepatitis C?

Columbus Public Health also offers free Hepatitis C testing for people with risk factors for Hepatitis C infection.  To schedule an appointment please call our care line at 614-645-CARE. You can also be tested Hepatitis C through your primary care doctor.

Is there a Vaccine for Hepatitis C?

No vaccine is currently available for Hepatitis C.

Can Hepatitis C Be Treated?

Yes. There are several new medications available to treat Hepatitis C, including new treatments that appear to be more effective and fewer side effects than previous options.  Over 90% of people who are treated for Hepatitis C can be cured of the virus.

Avoiding drugs, alcohol and certain medications, getting exercise and eating a healthy diet are also important.