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:
- 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