Should hepatitis C be part of STI screening?
For most people, routine STI screening is just one more part of staying on top of your health. And depending on your lifestyle and risk factors, what you get tested for and when may vary. You might just be tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV. Or you might also be tested for things like syphilis and hepatitis B. But what about hepatitis C?
But, left undetected, hepatitis C can cause serious health complications like scarring of the liver, liver cancer, and liver failure, which can be deadly. So, of course, it’s important to know if you have it sooner rather than later.
You probably never considered hepatitis C as an STI because it’s not commonly passed on via sex. According to the Mayo Clinic, the people who are at most risk of contracting hepatitis C are those who have injected drugs, received a piercing or tattoo using unsterile equipment, received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992 (when widespread screening began for hepatitis C), were born to a woman with a hepatitis C infection, or were born between 1945 and 1965 (as this age group has the highest incidence of hepatitis C infection).
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