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How is hepatitis C transmission currently prevented?

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One of the main problems with preventing hepatitis C transmission is that most people who are infected do not display symptoms initially. Many only find out when they have a blood test for an unrelated reason. Until relatively recently, this often resulted in infected blood and organs being used in transfusions and transplants. As of July 1992, all blood and organ donations are screened for the hepatitis C virus. Although not perfect, only about one in two million blood transfusions may transmit hepatitis C. Anyone who received a blood transfusion or organ donation prior to July 1992 should be tested for the virus. As of 1987, all blood products for the treatment of hemophilia are treated to remove infectious viruses, such as hepatitis C and HIV. If you took any blood products before 1987, however, you should be tested for hepatitis C.

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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