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Preventing the Spread of Hepatitis C

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.