Testing for Hepatitis C is not mandatory for pregnant ladies and is generally not requested.
However, it is advisable to go in for the tests if they have risk factors.
An HCV-positive pregnant woman may pass on the virus to her baby.
The chances of such cases is 6 percent.
On an average, U.S. reports almost 4,000 fresh cases of Hepatitis C virus every year.
If the pregnant women is co-infected with HIV, the chances of transmission increases two to three times over.