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Preventing Hepatitis

There are many actions that you can take to reduce your chances of getting hepatitis. These include:

  • Get the vaccines for hepatitis A and hepatitis B (there is currently no vaccine available for hepatitis C).
  • Use a latex condom during sex.
  • 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.

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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on June 12, 2012

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