Can I Give Hepatitis C to Family and Friends?

Giving hepatitis C to your family is very rare. Fewer than 1 in 1,000 family members get infected each year.

Keep in mind that there may be traces of blood that you cannot see on personal items. To help prevent the spread of hepatitis C, remember these important things:

Do not share needles. Needles used for cosmetic procedures, steroids, or drugs may pass the hepatitis C virus.

Do not share personal care items. Toothbrushes, razors, nail clippers, glucose monitors, and other personal items may pass the hepatitis C virus.

Always practice safe sex to lower your risk of passing hepatitis C.

Did you know?

You can't get hepatitis C from shaking hands with an infected person.

You can't get it by hugging or sitting next to an infected person.

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