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What medical conditions can make you more likely to get the hepatitis C virus (HCV)?

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You’re more likely to get infected with HCV if you have another form of hepatitis, HIV, hemophilia, kidney disease, or diabetes. That’s because some conditions, like HIV, can be caught the same way you get infected with HCV. But it’s not fully clear why a co-existing medical condition can raise your chances for HCV infection.

SOURCES:

CDC: "HIV/AIDS Fact Sheet" and "HIV and Viral Hepatitis."

National Kidney Foundation: "What You Should Know About Infectious Diseases: A Guide for Hemodialysis Patients and Their Families."

CDC: "Learn more about Hepatitis C."

Al-Zayadi, A. , October 28, 2009 World Journal of Gastroenterology

William Depew, M.D., 12 Hepatitis Update

Diadetes Forecast: "What's the link Between Hepatitis C and Type 2?"

UpToDate.

National Hemophilia Foundation. 

AIDSInfo: "Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 24, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "HIV/AIDS Fact Sheet" and "HIV and Viral Hepatitis."

National Kidney Foundation: "What You Should Know About Infectious Diseases: A Guide for Hemodialysis Patients and Their Families."

CDC: "Learn more about Hepatitis C."

Al-Zayadi, A. , October 28, 2009 World Journal of Gastroenterology

William Depew, M.D., 12 Hepatitis Update

Diadetes Forecast: "What's the link Between Hepatitis C and Type 2?"

UpToDate.

National Hemophilia Foundation. 

AIDSInfo: "Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 24, 2018

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