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Telling Family and Friends About Hepatitis C

Finding out you have hepatitis C can be very difficult. But you don’t have to go through it alone. You may be scared to share the news with loved ones because you’re afraid of how they will take it, but it’s important to lean on family and friends during this time for support.

When you have hepatitis C, you don't want to spread it. There are some people you may want to tell that you have hepatitis C:

  • Your spouse
  • Your family
  • Your doctors and dentists
  • Sexual partners
  • Anyone you may have shared needles with

Explaining hepatitis C to others

How much people know about hepatitis C may affect how they react to your news. And the more you know, the better able you will be to keep the people in your life informed.

Here are some things you may want to tell them:

  • Chronic hepatitis C infection can cause liver damage slowly over time, even without symptoms
  • Hepatitis C is spread by coming in contact with blood from someone who has the virus
  • Hepatitis C is not spread by hugging, kissing, or shaking hands
  • Reassure family and friends you’re staying informed about hepatitis C