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African Americans Facts
There are at least twice as many African Americans than whites who are infected with HCV. They are also more likely to be infected with a certain strain of HCV called genotype1.
HCV & Hepatitis B Coinfection Facts
Since hepatitis B is transmitted in some of the same ways as hepatitis C, up to 10 percent of people with HCV who are also infected with hepatitis B.
Gay Men, Sex & HCV Facts
Getting HCV from sex does not happen very often, but it can happen, especially if there is blood during sex. There have been higher rates of sexual transmission among HIV-positive gay men and among HIV-positive men who have sex with men.
HIV & HCV Coinfection Facts
Since someone can get HIV and hepatitis C in some of the same ways, as many as 3 people out of 10 with HIV are also infected with HCV. HIV seems to make HCV worse by damaging the liver at a somewhat faster rate than for someone with just HCV alone.
About twice as many Latinos have hepatitis C compared to non-Latino whites. It is also believed that hepatitis C will advance more quickly in Latinos as a group than in other populations.
HCV and Transgender People Facts
If you are a transgender person you should be tested if you have ever shared equipment (needles, cookers, cottons, water, etc.) to inject silicone, drugs, hormones, or vitamins, or got an unsafe tattoo or piercing. If you ever had surgery requiring a blood transfusion or had an organ transplant before 1992 you should also be tested.