Don't share needles, inhalant devices, or take drugs.
Practice good personal hygiene such as thorough handwashing.
Don't use an infected person's personal items, such as razors or toothbrushes.
Take precautions when getting any tattoos, body piercing or manicures/pedicures. Make sure the instruments are cleaned or disposable; or take your own manicure kit. Make sure tattoo ink is a new bottle used just for you.
Take precaution when traveling to areas of the world with poor sanitation. Make sure you get immunized against hepatitis A beforehand.
It is very important that you take the preventive measures necessary, especially if you participate in risky behavior, live, or work in a high-risk environment, such as a nursing home, dormitory, day care center or restaurant.
Living with a chronic disease like hepatitis C can be depressing and nerve-wracking. Coping with the side effects of treatment isn't easy either. But another difficult aspect of having the disease is how it can interfere with your relationships.
"People with hepatitis C experience a lot of stigma," says Alan Franciscus, executive director of the Hepatitis C Support Project in San Francisco. "It can be really hard."
You may avoid talking to friends or family about the disease because you're worried...