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Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus. Today, most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. For some people, hepatitis C is a short-term illness but for 70%–85% of people who become infected with Hepatitis C, it becomes a long-term, chronic infection. Chronic Hepatitis C is a serious disease than can result in long-term health problems, even death. The majority of infected persons might not be aware of their infection because they are not clinically ill. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C. The best way to prevent Hepatitis C is by avoiding behaviors that can spread the disease, especially injecting drugs.

Source: CDC

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Regulations & Guidelines


US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Hepatitis C Guidance for Health Professionals


US Preventative Services (USPSTF) Task Force

Recommendation Statement on Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults


US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Recommendations for the Identification of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Persons Born During 1945-1965

Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents

Testing for HCV Infection: An Update of Guidance for Clinicians and Laboratorians

Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care ---2003


Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

SHEA Guideline for Management of Healthcare Workers Who Are Infected with Hepatitis B Virus, Hepatitis C Virus, and/or Human Immunodeficiency Virus

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Best Practices
Key Learnings as of August 2015 (1) OSAP, the advocate for The Safest Dental Visit™, in collaboration with the CDC and the AGD, is presenting a webinar on the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) on August 19, Start Time: 1 p.m. EDT/ 12 p.m. CDT/ 11 a.m MDT/ 10 a.m. PDT. The goal of the webinar is to bring dental teams up to date with HCV and new HCV therapies. HCV can survive in the environment for 16 hours on a dry surface and can be detected in saliva. It is important that clinicians understand the disease, know how to identify it, and understand how to follow-up for HCV and other bloodborne pathogens after a needlestick injury. Further Information
Key Learnings as of August 2015


*From CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings - 2003
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(3) Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have found that targeted screening for populations with a higher estimated prevalence for hepatitis C may be cost-effective

(4) Current Articles From MedlinePlus

FAQs Hepatitis C FAQs For Health Professionals

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Instructional Resources
Image Library

Click HERE and search for Image #8153 for hepatitis

Fact Sheets

Viral Hepatitis: A through E and Beyond

Hepatitis C - General Fact Sheet

Hepatitis C: Expansion of Testing Recommendations

Why Baby Boomers Should Get Tested

Online Training

Viral Hepatitis Serology Online Training: Hepatitis A-E from the CDC

Hepatitis C Online Course from the University of WA

22 Separate Video Training Sessions Developed by the National Training Center for Integrated Hepatitis HIV/STD Prevention Services

Management of Cirrhosis-Related Complications

This is an interactive course for medical providers that includes a color coded master bibliography, embedded video and clinical calculators.

Background Information with Relevant Links
National Library of Medicine
Emergency Needlestick Information
CDC National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

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Patient Resources
Hepatitis C Information For The Public

Information From The CDC

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