Hepatitis C

Test/Vaccine
You can get tested for Hepatitis C. There is no vaccine to prevent the disease, and you are never immune.

You should get tested for Hepatitis C if you:
  • Were born between 1945 and 1965
  • Have ever injected or inhaled (snorted) drugs, hormones, steroids, silicon or cosmetics - even if it was once a long time ago
  • Had a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992
  • Are HIV-Positive
  • Were born in, or had a blood transfusion or medical procedure in, Egypt, Pakistan, Russia, or the former Soviet Republic
  • Are the child of a Hepatitis C-positive mother
  • Got a tattoo or piercing from anyone other than a licensed professional
  • Have had abnormal liver tests or were told you have liver disease
  • Have ever been on long-term dialysis
  • Have been exposed to blood or stuck with a needle while working
  • Have ever been incarcerated
  • Are a man who has sex with men
  • Have sex with multiple partners.
Treatment
Oral medications can cure Hepatitis C in 2-3 months, with few side effects. You can get low-cost or free care and treatment at several City facilities.