Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
HCV infection is one of the most common causes of chronic liver disease in the United States, and is the most common cause of chronic viral hepatitis.
HCV infection is believed to cause about 15% to 20% of all cases of acute (new, short-term) viral hepatitis and half of all cases of cirrhosis (end-stage liver disease), and
HCV infection is the leading reason for
liver transplantation in the United States
Who is at Risk of Acquiring Hepatitis C
Your risk of hepatitis C infection is increased if a person is:
A health care worker who draws blood or are exposed to infected blood (Newer syringes have self-capping needle systems that avoid the need to manually replace a cap after drawing blood, and they have tremendously reduced the risk of accidental needle-sticks.)
An illicit drug user who shares needles
Infected with HIV
Found to have abnormal levels of liver enzymes in your blood
A child of a mother with existing HCV
Getting manicures, piercing or tattoo in unsanitary environments using unsterile equipment
A recipient of a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992
A recipient of clotting factor concentrates before 1987
Undergoing hemodialysis treatments for extended periods of time