There is no vaccine to prevent
hepatitis C. But you can reduce your risk of becoming
Don't share needles or other equipment (such as cotton, spoons, and water) if you inject drugs. Many cities have needle exchange programs that provide free, sterile needles so
that you don't have to share needles. If you want to stop using drugs, ask
your doctor or someone you trust to help you find out about drug treatment
Follow safety guidelines if you work in health care. Wear protective gloves and clothing, and
dispose of needles and other contaminated sharp objects
Make sure the practitioner sterilizes the instruments
and supplies if you get a tattoo, have your body pierced, or have
If you have hepatitis C, you can help prevent spreading it
If you've just been diagnosed with hepatitis C, you may worry about passing on the virus to a loved one. If you've had the disease for a long time without knowing it, you may dwell on every little incident in the past where you might have accidentally exposed a family member to the disease.
"Worrying about passing on the disease is pretty common," says Alan Franciscus, executive director of the Hepatitis C Support Project in San Francisco. "I see a lot of people who are HCV positive who are more...
Don't share needles or other equipment
such as cotton, spoons, and water if you continue to use needles to inject
Keep cuts, scrapes, and blisters covered to prevent others
from coming in contact with your blood and other body fluids. Throw out any
blood-soaked items such as used Band-Aids.
Don't donate blood
Wash your hands—and any object that has come in contact with
your blood—thoroughly with water and soap.
Don't share your
toothbrush, razor, nail clippers, diabetes supplies, or anything else that
might have your blood on it.
Breast-feeding mothers who have hepatitis C can continue to
breast-feed their babies, because hepatitis C cannot be spread through breast
milk. If you are breast-feeding, try to avoid having cracked
nipples, which might pose a risk of spreading the virus to your baby.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 06, 2011
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