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Overview

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the most common chronic bloodborne infection in the United States; approximately 3.2 million persons are chronically infected. Although HCV is not efficiently transmitted sexually, persons at risk for infection through injection drug use might seek care in STD treatment facilities, HIV counseling and testing facilities, correctional facilities, drug treatment facilities, and other public health settings where STD and HIV prevention and control services are available.

Sixty to 70% of persons newly infected with HCV typically are usually asymptomatic or have a mild clinical illness. HCV RNA can be detected in blood within 1–3 weeks after exposure. The average time from exposure to antibody to HCV (anti-HCV) seroconversion is 8–9 weeks, and anti-HCV can be detected in >97% of persons by 6 months after exposure. Chronic HCV infection develops in 70%–85% of HCV-infected persons; 60%–70% of chronically infected persons have evidence of active liver disease. The majority of infected persons might not be aware of their infection because they are not clinically ill. However, infected persons serve as a source of transmission to others and are at risk for chronic liver disease or other HCV-related chronic diseases decades after infection.

Source: CDC


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Regulations & Guidelines

CDC

U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Hepatitis C Guidance for Health Professionals

USPSTF

U.S Preventative Services (USPSTF) Task Force

Recommendation Statement on Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults

CDC

U.S 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

SHEA

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 September 2013
  • Testing baby boomers saves lives: about 3 million adults in the US are infected with HCV, most are baby boomers; up to 3 in 4 people who are infected don’t know they have hepatitis C so they aren’t getting the necessary medical care; baby boomers, anyone born from 1945 through 1965 should get tested for hepatitis C. Click HERE for more details
  • The prevalence of HCV infection among dentists is similar to that of the general population (~1%-2%)*
  • There are no reports of HCV transmission from infected DHCP to patients or from patient to patient.*
  • The risk of HCV transmission in dental healthcare settings appears very low*
*From CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings - 2003
Related Articles

(1) Locations and Reasons for Initial Testing for Hepatitis C Infection — Chronic Hepatitis Cohort Study, United States, 2006–2010

(2) 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

FAQsHepatitis C FAQs For Health Professionals

 

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Instructional Resources
Videos

Hepatitis C - Interactive Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine

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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

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 knowhepatitis.org

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

From The CDC

 

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