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How Do You Get Hepatitis C?

The hepatitis C virus is passed from an infected person to another person. The only way to get hepatitis C is to come in contact with an infected person’s blood.

The most common way a person may come in contact with infected blood is sharing needles with someone infected with hepatitis C, even 1 time.

Other possible ways to come in contact with infected blood are:

  • Having unprotected sex with someone infected with hepatitis C
  • Being born to a mother who has hepatitis C
  • Sharing personal items that may carry a small amount of infected blood, such as:
    • Razors
    • Toothbrushes
    • Piercing or tattooing needles/ink
    • Manicure or pedicure tools
  • Having received blood products for hemophilia (hee-muh-FEE-lee-uh) before 1987
  • Having received a blood transfusion before 1992
  • Being accidentally stuck by a needle used by someone infected with hepatitis C

Did you know?

There may be infected blood on toothbrushes, razors, and other personal items that you cannot see.

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