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April/May 2011: HIV and Hepatitis C

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 3.2 million people in the United States are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is also common in people living with HIV-between 25 and 33 percent of all HIV-positive people in the United States are coinfected. POZ wants to know what you know about hepatitis C and to find out if you've been tested and/or treated for the virus.
1. How is hepatitis C transmitted? (Check all that apply.)
Exposure to infected blood in health care settings
A mosquito bite
Sharing a needle or works to inject drugs
Sharing food with someone infected with HCV
Being born to a mother with HCV
Sharing personal care items, such as razors or toothbrushes
Getting a piercing or tattoo using unsterile equipment
Receiving a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992
Having sexual contact with someone infected with HCV
2. Have you ever been tested for hepatitis C?
Not sure
3. If yes, why did you get tested?
My health care provider suggested I get tested
I asked to be tested
I was notified by a blood/tissue donation organization or a public health official saying that I might be infected
4. If you have not been tested, why not?
I do not believe I am at risk for HCV infection
The test was never offered to me
I don't want to be tested
5. Are you currently coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C?
No (skip to question 13)
6. How long ago were you diagnosed with hepatitis C?
Less than 1 year ago
1 to 5 years ago
6 to 10 years ago
More than 10 years ago
7. Have you ever had a liver biopsy?
Not sure
8. Do you have liver disease?
Not sure
9. Have you ever been treated for hepatitis C?
10. If you have not been treated, why not?
I havenít discussed treatment with my health care provider
My health care provider told me I donít need to be treated
I cannot be treated because of another medical condition
I am worried about the side effects of treatment
I cannot afford the cost of treatment
I am waiting for new medications to become available
11. What type of physician or health care provider is/was responsible for managing your hepatitis?
Primary care physician (NOT a specialist)
Infectious disease specialist
12. Where do you get your hepatitis C information? (Check all that apply.)
My health care provider
Friends and family
The Internet
Magazines or books
Hepatitis newsletters
Hepatitis support groups
A national or local organization
13. What year were you born?
14. What is your gender?
15. What is your sexual orientation?
16. What is your ethnicity (Check all that apply.)
American Indian or Alaska Native
Arab or Middle Eastern
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
(please specify) 
17. What is your zip code?

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