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You may or may not show symptoms if you have hepatitis C. That’s why you should contact your healthcare provider right away if you have the risk factors. You are at greater risk of exposure to the virus if you:

  • Use a needle, syringe, or lancet contaminated with blood containing hepatitis C virus.
  • Use a personal care item (like a razor, nail clipper or toothbrush) contaminated with blood containing the virus.
  • Your mom had hepatitis C when you were born.
  • Had sex with a person who has hepatitis C.

People born between 1945 and 1965 are five times more likely to have hepatitis C. If you were born during this time, talk to your healthcare provider about getting tested.

People who are at risk of hepatitis C should get tested. Take the free online test  to determine your risk.