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Who Should Get Tested for Hepatitis B and C?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should talk to your doctor about being tested for hepatitis B or C if any of the following apply:

For hepatitis B:

• Individuals born in geographic regions with intermediate or high rates of hepatitis B

• U.S.-born individuals who were not vaccinated as infants and whose parents were born in geographic regions with high rates of hepatitis B

• Injection-drug users

• Men who have sex with men

Individuals with an elevated result on the blood test ALT/AST of unknown cause

Individuals with selected medical conditions who require immunosuppressive therapy

• Pregnant women

• Infants born to mothers who test positive for hepatitis B infection

• Household contacts and sex partners of hepatitis B–infected persons

• Individuals who are the source of blood or body fluid exposures to others (for example, a needlestick injury to a health care worker)

Individuals infected with HIV

For hepatitis C:

• Individuals who were treated for a blood-clotting problem before 1987

• Individuals who are current or former injection-drug users, even if they injected only one time or many years ago

Individuals who received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before July 1992

• Individuals who have undergone long-term hemodialysis treatment

• Individuals who have abnormal liver tests or liver disease

Individuals who work in health care or public safety and were exposed to blood infected with hepatitis ​C through a needlestick or other sharp object injury

• Individuals infected with HIV

• Children born to mothers who have hepatitis C

Source: CDC


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