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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

May 15, 2014

Hepatitis B (HBV) and Hepatitis C (HCV) can become chronic, life-long infections which can lead to liver failure and liver cancer. Millions of Americans are living with chronic viral hepatitis, and many do not know they are infected. CDC Hepatitis Awareness Month

Hepatitis B Virus screening is recommended for the following:

  • Pregnant women
  • Household contacts and sex partners of Hepatitis B-infected persons
  • Persons with HIV or immune-suppressive conditions
  • Injection-drug users
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Hemodialysis patients
  • Persons with abnormal liver function tests
  • Persons born in countries with HB prevalence of >2%* (e.g., much of Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Pacific Islands)
  • Persons whose parents were born in countries with HB prevalence >8%*
  • Others (please speak with your clincian if screening Hepatitis B infection is recommended for you)

* see Map

Hepatitis C Virus screening is recommended for the following:

  • Persons born during 1945–1965
  • Injection-drug users
  • Hemodialysis patients
  • Persons with HIV
  • Persons who received clotting factor concentrates produced before 1987
  • Persons who received a transfusion of blood, blood components or an organ transplant before July 1992
  • Persons with abnormal liver function tests
  • Healthcare, emergency medical and public safety workers after needle sticks, sharps, or mucosal exposures to HCV-positive blood
  • Children born to HCV-positive women
  • Others (please speak with your clincian if screening Hepatitis C infection is recommended for you)

Rutgers University Health Services in Newark provides screening for Hepatitis B and C infection. Contact us.