A person can get hepatitis C from an infected person by sharing needles and other "works" with him and through needle-stick accidents in clinics and hospitals, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A person can also get hepatitis C by being born to an infected mother.
Less common ways a person can get hepatitis C is through sexual congress with infected partners or through sharing personal hygiene items, such as toothbrushes, that have come in contact with the infected person's blood, claims the CDC. People may also contract the disease through getting tattoos or body piercings in an unhygienic setting, according to the American Liver Foundation. Hepatitis C does not spread through casual contact.
Other people who may be at increased risk for getting hepatitis C have received a blood transfusion or a donated organ from an infected person before July 1992, claims WebMD. Other risk factors are having used a blood product for a clotting problem before 1987. People who were born between 1945 and 1965 are also at higher risk as are people who are HIV positive or have been on kidney dialysis for a long time. The CDC urges people with these risk factors to be tested for the disease.