The Canadian Liver Foundation Recommends screening ALL adults born between 1945-1975 and those with risk factors.
Hepatitis C risk factors
Illicit injection or intranasal drug use or shared drug paraphernalia (past or present)
Born or resident in a region where hepatitis C is more common (i.e.: Central, East and South Asia; Australasia and Oceania; Eastern Europe; Sub-Saharan Africa; and North Africa/Middle East)
Blood, blood products or an organ transplant before July 1990 in Canada
Needle stick involving hepatitis C positive blood
Signs of liver disease (i.e.: abnormal liver enzyme tests) or other infectious diseases (i.e.: hepatitis B, HIV, etc.)
Children born to hepatitis C positive mothers
Tattoos or body piercings
Risky sexual activity (i.e.: multiple partners, traumatic or rough sex, etc.)
Shared personal care items with someone who has Hepatitis C (i.e.: razors, toothbrush, etc.)
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