Giving hepatitis C to your family or friends 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. Whether you have hepatitis C or you know someone who has it, here are some helpful tips to protect the ones you love.
- Don’t share needles or blood sugar meters
- Don’t share personal items such as razors, toothbrushes, nail clippers, or other personal items that may transmit the hepatitis C virus
- Always practice safe sex to lower your risk of passing hepatitis C
- Make sure tattoos and piercings are done in a place that uses sterile tools
- Let your doctor and dentist know you have hepatitis C
Did you know?
You can't get hepatitis C from shaking hands, hugging, or sitting next to an infected person.