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How did I get it?

There are many ways to contract hepatitis C. Maybe you have an idea of how you got it. Although for some people this is not important, others need to know. It can be useful to have an idea because you can then begin to work out roughly how long you have been infected.

The ways in which HCV can be transmitted are clearly outlined in our section on risk factors.

Some people will probably never be able to be completely certain how they got it. There are a number of ways you could have caught the virus and most people do not get diagnosed until many years after initial infection. Don’t be hard on yourself and create more stress by dwelling too much on the past though. The situation now is that you are living with hepatitis C and you need to take some time to think about how you want to deal with things.