It is possible to develop viral hepatitis with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing viral hepatitis. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.
Risk factors for hepatitis vary, depending on the type of hepatitis.
, especially prior to 1992 when better screening tests were developed (Even today, screening is not 100% effective in eliminating hepatitis, though it is dramatically safer than in the past).
Receiving multiple transfusions of blood or blood products
Receiving a solid organ transplant, especially prior to 1992 when improved screening tests were developed
Persistent elevation of certain liver function tests (found in people with undiagnosed liver problems)
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a