Chances are, acetaminophen is a mainstay in your medicine cabinet. You use it to ease aches and pains or bring down a fever.
When you follow the instructions on those pill-bottle labels, it's helpful and safe, and it generally doesn't upset the stomach like other pain relievers.
But if you take too much, it can hurt your liver. In extreme cases, it can even cause liver failure.
It’s still fine to use acetaminophen. You just need to know how to do that safely.
Have a spouse or partner who has it, or care for someone who does. When you're in close daily contact with an infected person, that puts you at risk.
Have body piercings, tattoos, or get manicures and pedicures. Equipment and supplies can be infected with HCV, but this type of infection doesn’t happen often. To be on the safe side, make sure all tools are sterile or disposable, even the tattoo ink.
Were born to a mother with hepatitis C. Moms can pass the disease to babies, but it doesn’t happen all the time. If the mother has HIV and hepatitis C, there’s more of a chance the baby will get infected.