Hepatitis D Transmission
Who Is at High Risk of Developing Hepatitis D?In the United States and most of Western Europe, hepatitis D is most common among IV drug users and people with hemophilia. Some other groups of people who are considered at a high-risk of contracting hepatitis D include:
- People from areas with high rates of hepatitis D -- particularly South America, Central Africa, southern Italy, and Middle Eastern countries. Hepatitis D is uncommon in China and Southeast Asia - areas where hepatitis B is common, except in high-risk groups, such as injection drug users.
- Healthcare and public safety workers
- International travelers
- Hemodialysis patients
- People with multiple sex partners or who have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD)
- Men who have sex with men
- Sex partners of infected persons
- People who received a transfusion of blood or blood products before July 1992 or clotting factors made before 1987
- People who live in the same household as a chronically-infected person
- Infants born to infected mothers (very rarely).