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Hepatitis C

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For information about the MultiCare Good Samaritan Puyallup potential hepatitis C exposure, go to

For more information about our ongoing disease investigation, head to our Hepatitis C Test Results page.

Hepatitis C can cause contagious liver disease.

In some people, hepatitis C can lead to a serious, lifelong illness. Left untreated, hepatitis can lead to life-threatening complications.

Getting tested could save your life. New treatments can cure hepatitis C.
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How does someone get hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C spreads when blood from a person with the virus enters the body of an uninfected person. This can happen from:

  • Sharing needles, syringes or other drug injection supplies.
  • Needle stick injuries in health care settings.

Less often, a person can get hepatitis C through:

  • Being born to a mom who has hepatitis C.
  • Sharing items like razors or toothbrushes that may have contacted blood.
  • Sex with a person who has hepatitis C. 

Are you at risk for hepatitis C?

Take this free online test to find out if you are at risk.

People born from 1945 to 1965 are five times more likely to have hepatitis C. If you were born between 1945 and 1965, talk to your doctor about getting tested.

Want more information?

Check out our Hepatitis C Infographic.

You can also click on the questions below to get answers to Frequently Asked Questions.


  • I heard something about hepatitis C in Pierce County. What's going on?
  • Can I get hepatitis C in a healthcare setting?
  • (New) How could it have spread?
  • What are the symptoms of hepatitis C?
  • How do I know if I have hepatitis C?
  • Why are people born between 1945 and 1965 five times more likely to have hepatitis C?
  • How do I get tested for hepatitis C?
  • (New) What information does hepatitis C testing provide?
  • What do I do if I find out I have hepatitis C?
  • How is hepatitis C spread?
  • What danger am I in if I got exposed to hepatitis C?
  • How likely am I to get hepatitis C if I got exposed to it in a healthcare setting? Is it easy to get hepatitis C from this type of exposure?
  • What is the treatment for hepatitis C?
  • I got exposed to the virus by a healthcare provider. Does my family need to worry? Should they get tested, too?
  • I’m hearing people will have to continue to get hepatitis C retests. Is this true?
  • When and in what circumstances does a patient need to retest?
  • Does anyone need to test for hepatitis C ongoing?
  • Can a person can be positive for hep C, clear it from their body, then become re-infected later?
  • Is a person more susceptible to reinfection once he or she has tested positive at any point?
  • My notification letter said I should get tested for hepatitis B and HIV, too. Why do I need these other tests?
  • Will I or my insurance have to pay for testing or, if needed, treatment?
  • (Updated) What happened at the hospital? Aren't there steps to keep this from happening?
  • (New) When did the exposed people visit the hospital ER?
  • What will happen to the healthcare provider for exposing patients to hepatitis C?
  • (New) Did you have reason to test other hospital employees?
  • Should other members of the public be concerned about exposure from the incident?
  • (New) You’ve announced probable numbers throughout. What happened to them?