Hepatitis C

We have represented several veterans regarding the possible relationship between hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and immunization with jet injectors (air-gun injection) or other military-related blood exposures. Such transmission is biological plausible. Any veteran enrolled in the VA health care system who has concerns about hepatitis C infection, because of jet injectors or any other potential blood exposure during military service, is welcome and encouraged to request testing and evaluation for hepatitis C at his or her nearest VA hospital. Hepatitis C is spread through blood. The risk factors for hepatitis C infection are blood-to-blood exposures, such as injection drug use, having received a blood transfusion, having a needlestick injury, and many more. Aside from risk factors, it is also known that people born between 1945 and 1965 have a higher chance of being infected with hepatitis C than people born in other years. Based on the higher likelihood of infection in patients born during these years, it is recommended that all persons born between 1945 and 1965 also be tested for hepatitis C, regardless of whether a known risk factor exists.

For more information on VA’s efforts regarding Hep C see this link: https://www.hepatitis.va.gov/policy/military-blood-exposures.asp.

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