Table 1. Factors Influencing Patients at High Risk for Hepatitis C Infection5
High Risk of ExposureKnown Exposure
History of IV drug use or current IV drug userSexual partners and household contacts infected with hepatitis C
History of incarcerationInfants born to mothers infected with hepatitis C
Blood transfusion or solid-organ transplant before screening for hepatitis C (1992)Health care workers with needle-stick exposure
Patients with hemophilia who received clotting factor transfusion before 1987
Hemodialysis patients
HIV-positive patients
More than 20 sexual partners within lifetime
  • IV, intravenous; HIV, Human Immunodeficiency Virus.