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Hepatitis C


Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the Hepatitis C virus, or HCV.
You can get Hepatitis C if your blood comes into contact with blood from
someone who already has the virus.

Those at greatest risk of contracting Hepatitis C include:   

  • Current or former injection drug users

  • Anyone who received clotting factors before 1987

  • Anyone on longterm hemodialysis

  • Recipients of blood/solid organs before 1992

  • Infants born to infected mothers

  • Health care/public safety workers after needlestick involving infected blood

Less common causes of transmission include:

  • Sharing a razor, toothbrush, or nail clippers with an infected person

  • Exposure to unclean tattooing or body piercing instruments

  • Unprotected anal sex or exposure to multiple sex partners

Attached Document or FileNorth Dakota Department of Health Hepatitis Program

A rapid HCV test can be done which involves a finger-stick and takes about 20 minutes for results.

To make an appointment for confidential
HCV testing, please contact
your local public health office:

Grant, Morton, and Sioux Counties
Jennifer Pelster, RN

Mercer and Oliver Counties
Amber Staigle, RN