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FAQ: HCV Reinfection

for Veterans and the Public

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I be infected with hepatitis C more than once?

Yes, it is possible to be cured of hepatitis C and then become infected again. Unfortunately, we are seeing some new cases of hepatitis C in people who were treated successfully for the virus; these are mostly in men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs. If you were treated for hepatitis C and cured, be sure to protect yourself from re-infection by using condoms or latex barriers with any sex partner who may have hepatitis C, and by not sharing drug-use equipment. If you have any risks for re-infection, you should be tested for hepatitis C at least once a year. Speak with your VA provider about getting this test.