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If you got a blood transfusion or organ transplant, should you be tested for hepatitis C?

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One of the main problems with preventing hepatitis C transmission is that most people who are infected don't display symptoms at first. Until relatively recently, this often resulted in infected blood and organs being used in transfusions and transplants. Anyone who got a blood transfusion or organ donation prior to July 1992 should be tested for the virus. People with hemophilia who took any blood products before 1987 should also be tested.

From: Hepatitis C Prevention WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Chronic Hepatitis C: Current Disease Management."

CDC: "Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection and HCV-Related Chronic Disease."

MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine: "U.S. hepatitis C cases down sharply since 1980s."

The Hepatitis C Trust: "Living with Hepatitis C: Transmission Prevention."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 11, 2018

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Chronic Hepatitis C: Current Disease Management."

CDC: "Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection and HCV-Related Chronic Disease."

MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine: "U.S. hepatitis C cases down sharply since 1980s."

The Hepatitis C Trust: "Living with Hepatitis C: Transmission Prevention."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 11, 2018

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